Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins
These lamb chops provide a powerpunch of flavor that is toned down by the coolness of the tomato-cucumber raita. It's spicy and refreshing all at the same time! Feel free to cut down on the curry power and cayenne to suit your own preference or for a milder version. You can have these chops on the table in just over 30 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 4 bone-in shoulder lamb chops, 1/2 inch thick
- 8 ounces plain yogurt, whole milk or 8 ounces low-fat plain yogurt
- 1⁄2 cup cucumber, peeled seeded and diced small
- 1⁄2 cup tomatoes, peeled seeded and diced small
- 2 tablespoons of fresh mint, chopped
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon minced garlic
- Combine yogurt, cucumber, tomato, mint, mayonnaise, lime juice, 1/2 tsp salt and minced garlic in a medium bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Combine curry powder, sugar, cumin, 1 tsp salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Generously press the spice rub over both sides of the lamb chops.
- Grill, or pan grill chops over medium-hot heat for 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Serve with the cucumber-tomato raita.
Simple, direct and TASTY!
The spices in the spice rub are very nicely balanced and give a great flavor that pairs nicely with the lamb without too much curry flavor. The raita is very cooling and has not too much of any one ingredient, which gives it a lot of interest! You have a very good recipe here, good luck in the contest!
I would be pleased to serve these chops at any dinner party but for guests I would substitute loin chops. Follow the instructions and use only medium heat to cook them the spice on the outside can burn very easily I did not find them too hot , loved the blend of flavors from the raita it complimented the spicy flavor of the chops. I served them with lightly buttered whole wheat pasta, lightly steamed new carrots & cauliflower florets. The raita was excellent with the pasta. Thanks for yet another great lamb chop recipe