Grilled Lamb chops
Grilled lamb chops is one of my favourite starters. Now-a-days grilled lamb chops or mutton chops are popular in restaurants and you can find this in every restaurant menu. To cook lamb chops, you can ask the butcher as to whichever chops you want. There are front chops and back chops. The marinade I have used is spicy and sour. For the grilled lamb chops, I have cooked the chops in a pressure cooker and then grilled them so that the marinade is well incorporated with the lamb/mutton chops. In the end I cooked the chops on a grill to give that char colour and taste, which will not take much time. I have used electric grill but you can cook on a grill pan as well. To make it restaurant style, I have served it with some grilled vegetables with lime juice on it. You can use the same marinade for cooking chicken as well.
Preparation time: 30 mins (does not include time to marinate)
Cooking time: 40 mins (whole process)
Cuisine: North Indian
Serves: 2 to 3
Spiciness: Medium and tangy taste
- Lamb chops – 450 gms
- Curd/yoghurt (thick) – 3 tbsp
- Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Crushed chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Ginger and garlic paste – 2 tsp
- Cumin powder (roasted) – 1 tsp
- Coriander powder (roasted) – 1 tsp
- Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
- Vinegar – 2 tbsp
- Lime or lemon juice – 1 tbsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Salt - as per taste
- Onion (medium) – 1
- Yellow capsicum – 1/2
- Green capsicum – 1/2
- Green chillies (optional) – 2
- Tomato (medium size) – 1
- Chaat masala - as per requirement
- Lemon wedges - for garnishing
- Oil for frying - as required
- Slice all the vegetables and keep it aside. You can use any vegetables you like and any colour capsicum or bell pepper.
- Roast 2 tsp coriander seeds and 2 tsp cumin seeds until its colour changes to brown colour. Cook on a low flame so that it does not burn. Allow to cool and grind to a powder. Use as required.
- Add all the marinade ingredients in a wide bowl and mix well. The marinade should be like a thick paste.
- Add the lamb/mutton chops one by one, rub the marinade well on the lamb chops. Close the lid and refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight. The longer the marination, the better the spices will be incorporated with the lamb chops.
- Remove the lamb chops from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
- Add 1 tsp oil to grease the vessel. Cook the lamb chops without disturbing them so that the marinade is still on the lamb chops. I have cooked the lamb chops in a pressure cooker but you can cook in any vessel.
- Arrange the lamb/mutton chops in a wide pressure cooker. Add the remaining marinade also on top of it. Close the lid and put the valve. No need to add water for cooking.
- After 2 to 3 whistles of pressure cooker, switch off and allow the cooker to rest for few minutes until the pressure dies down.
- Open the lid and you can see that the marinade is well attached to the lamb chops and the lamb chops is cooked well.
- If cooking in a non stick vessel, cook the lamb chops without stirring.
- Remove the lamb chops in a plate and keep it aside.
- The remaining liquid, which is released from the lamb chops marinade will be like a thin curry. Cook this liquid to a curry consistency and you can use it either for basting the lamb chops in the end while grilling or can be eaten with plain rice too.
- Heat the grill, grease it with a little oil. When hot, place the lamb chops one by one. You can hear the sizzling sound.
- Cook the lamb chops on both sides well until a char colour comes. In between, optionally you can baste the lamb chops with the remaining curry.
- Do not turn the lamb chops immediately. Give a time gap of 2 minutes each side before turning. You can drizzle a little oil or butter in between just to get a glaze on the lamb chops.
- As the lamb chops are already cooked, it will not take much time.
- Cook the lamb chops in batches if the grill is small. When it is cooked, place it on a plate.
- Now grease the grill with a little oil or butter. Add the vegetables and let it cook. Sprinkle salt and cook for a few minutes only. The vegetables should be crunchy and not soft. In the end drizzle some lemon juice on the vegetables, mix well and remove on a serving plate.
- Place the lamb chops on the vegetables with lemon wedges. Sprinkle chaat masala on lamb chops and the vegetables. Serve hot as a starter. It is yum and tasty.
Cooking the lamb/mutton chops
- Drizzle some oil occasionally while cooking the lamb chops.
- Time for cooking depends on the thickness of the meat.
- Cook the lamb chops in a pressure cooker as per its cooking instructions, as cooking time varies for by pressure cooker.