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Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
From The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman. "You can make this easy mint chutney quite hot, and it still seems balanced, especially when served with a rich, flavorful meat like lamb. Heat comes in a wide variety of flavors, and what works best here is a bit of roasted fresh hananero (also called Scotch bonnet), the hottest chile you can find. But minced raw jalapeno or hot red pepper flakes are also good. No matter what you use, add a little at a time (I'd start with a quarter teaspoon if you're using habanero) and taste repeatedly, bearing in mind that the heat of chiles can "bloom" after a few minutes. Serve this with a neutral dish like plain rice, and perhaps a cooling salad."
- 2 limes, juice of
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped (One 1-inch piece)
- red chili pepper flakes or roasted habanero peppers or chopped jalapeno chile, to taste
- 1 cup yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 cups fresh mint leaves
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 8 lamb chops, shoulder chops work best
- Start a charcoal or gas grill or preheat the broiler; the fire should be moderately hot and the rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. To make the chutney, combine lime juice, garlic, ginger, chile, yoghurt, and sugar in a food processor and puree. Stir in the mint leaves by hand, then add salt and pepper.
- Grill the chops for 3-4 minutes per side, by which time they will be medium-rare, or until they reach the desired degree of doneness.
- Serve the lamb chops hot with the cool chutney.