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Aromatic spiced lamb cutlets recipe

Aromatic spiced lamb cutlets recipe

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  • Meat and poultry
  • Lamb
  • Cuts of lamb

The ingredients in this delicious Middle Eastern main dish offer a good range of nutrients, including lots of vitamins and minerals. In addition, the dish is very quick and easy to make.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 8 lamb best end of neck cutlets, about 400g, trimmed of fat
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • sprigs of fresh mint to garnish
  • Minted yoghurt sauce
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 150g plain low-fat yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp bottled mint sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • Apricot and almond couscous
  • 280g couscous
  • 100g dried apricots, chopped
  • 500ml boiling vegetable stock
  • 50g whole blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:14min ›Ready in:29min

  1. Preheat the grill to high. Place the lamb cutlets in a shallow dish. Grind the cumin and coriander seeds briefly in a pestle and mortar to crack them, then mix with the lemon juice, garlic and oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the lamb cutlets, turn them over to coat both sides and set aside to marinate while you make the sauce.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon. Grate the cucumber coarsely and drain off any excess water. Mix with the yogurt, garlic, mint sauce and fresh mint. Set aside.
  3. Place the lamb cutlets on the rack in the grill pan and grill for 10–12 minutes, turning once. The cutlets will be medium-rare; if you prefer them medium to well-done cook for 12–14 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, put the couscous and apricots in a large bowl and pour over the boiling stock. Stir well, then cover with a plate and set aside to soak for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir the almonds, chopped mint and coriander, lemon juice and oil into the couscous. Spoon the couscous onto plates, top each serving with 2 lamb cutlets and put a spoonful of the sauce on the side. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and serve immediately.

Another idea

Trim the fat from 400 g (14 oz) lean lamb neck fillet, cut the meat across the grain into strips and toss in the marinade. Heat a ridged cast-iron grill pan or non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat until hot. Brush with a little olive oil, then cook the lamb strips in batches for 2–3 minutes or until tender, turning them often. Finely shred 170 g (6 oz) cos lettuce and mix with 1 thinly sliced red onion, 1 coarsely grated carrot and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Spoon into warmed pitta breads and add the lamb strips. Top with some of the yogurt and cucumber sauce, add a drizzle of hot chilli sauce if you like, and serve immediately.

Plus points

Almonds are a source of fibre, vitamin E and several minerals. They are also high in fat, although most of it is unsaturated. * People in Hunza, a region in northern Kashmir, are famous for their long lives – and some have put this down to eating dried apricots. Whether true or not, dried apricots are a good source of fibre and iron and a useful source of vitamin A. * Couscous is low in fat and high in starchy carbohydrate. It scores low on the Glycaemic Index scale, which means that it breaks down slowly in the body, releasing energy gradually into the bloodstream. * There are over 30 varieties of mint, all containing oils that have antiseptic properties. Mint is also believed to relieve indigestion – peppermint tea made from fresh mint leaves is drunk throughout the Middle East as an aid to digestion.

Each serving provides

B1, B6, B12, E, niacin, iron, zinc * B2 * C, folate, selenium

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Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients in small skillet. Stir over medium heat until spices are aromatic and slightly darker in color, about 3 minutes. Transfer spices to bowl and cool. Grind spices to coarse powder in spice mill. Combine spices, yogurt, and ginger in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Add lamb chops and turn to coat with mixture. Let marinate 30 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat broiler. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Arrange chops on baking sheet. Broil lamb to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer 2 lamb chops to each of 4 plates. Spoon drained Pickled Red Onions alongside each garnish with mint sprigs.

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  1. In a dry frying pan, toast the coriander and cumin seeds over a medium heat for 1 min, or until fragrant. Tip into a mortar and, using a pestle, grind to a powder. In a bowl, toss with the cinnamon, paprika, garlic and oil. Season well and mix to combine.
  2. Put the lamb in a large dish. Pour over the spice mixture and rub it into the meat until well coated. Leave to marinate for at least 30 mins, or chill overnight.
  3. For the chutney, heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over a low heat for 10 mins, or until softened. Uncover and increase the heat to medium. Cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally until the onion starts to turn golden.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar and dates. Cook for 5-10 mins more, stirring until sticky. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool. Cover until needed.
  5. Preheat the grill to high. Cook the lamb for 4 mins on each side. Transfer to a serving platter and scatter over the pea shoots, pomegranate seeds and mint. Serve with the chutney.

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8-12 lamb cutlets, depending on the size

3cm piece of ginger, grated

2 cloves of garlic, crushed or finely chopped

1 large eggplant, sliced into 1cm rounds

Greek style natural yoghurt to serve

1 large red onion, peeled and sliced thinly

1/2 a cup of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs of red wine vinegar

11/2 cups of boiling chicken stock

2 tbs of finely chopped flat leaf parsley

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Recipe Card (to serve 4 pax)

Ingredients Quantity
For the Lamb Chops
Lamb chops 8 pieces
Olive oil (extra for the lamb) 4 tbsp
Sea salt as required
Freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp
Chili (dried, finely sliced) 1 piece
Thyme (fresh) 1 tsp
For the Potatoes
Potatoes (baby) 500 gm
Coriander seeds 2 tsp
Ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Black pepper (crushed) 1 tsp
For the Sauce
Garlic (minced) 2 cloves
Rosemary 2 tbsp
Lemon (juice) 2 tbsp
Chicken stock 1 cup
Butter 1 tbsp

Method of Cooking

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.

2. Drizzle the lamb cutlets with olive oil and sprinkle a pinch of salt, black pepper, chili, and thyme over it. Give the cutlets a good rub to massage in the flavors and set aside. (wear gloves to avoid contact with the chili). Cling wrap and chill.

3. Cut baby potatoes in chunks (half or quartered).

4. In a roasting tray place the baby potatoes and sprinkle crushed coriander seeds, cinnamon, salt, and crushed pepper. Drizzle over with olive oil and toss to coat the potatoes and then roast for 20 minutes at 200˚C. Take out of the oven and set aside.

5. While the potatoes are roasting, in a grill pan on high heat, grill the lamb for 4 minutes, turn the lamb over, grill again for 3-4 more minutes on the other side, and once done, set aside.

6. Drain any extra oil/fat and using the same grill pan, add garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, stock and deglaze the pan over high heat while stirring and scraping the brown bit off the pan.

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I researched and made this recipe as a base for an Algerian Kefta (meatball) recipe that I wanted to try. Since no ras-el-hanout recipe is supposedly the same, and per the recommendations of users on a few other sites, I saw no harm in omitting the salt and adding a few more ground spices that I had on hand: anise, cardamon, nutmeg, turmeric and paprika. Can’t tell you if this was authentically Moroccan, but the spice blend is unbelievable! I definitely plan on experimenting with it in my stews and roasted meats.

Applied to cous cous with raisins as a salad mix. Thank you for sharing.

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I use this with olive oil on small roasted potatoes accompanied with a yogurt, cucumber, mint sauce to dip. The yogurt cuts the spice. Gets rave reviews. Also a great marinade for grilled vegetables. I love it! I make a large batch and keep it on hand for lots of things.

One of the best versions of this classic blend that I've found. Yes, it works for rice, but is best as a rub or for a couscous. Will definitely use it often. Yes, I also would add some turmeric.

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