Saturday , 16 December 2017

Indian Spiced Rack of Lamb


[divider_flat] Cincinnati is under a dead serious tornado watch – the same storm front that blew through Kansas is heading our way.  So fingers crossed Cincy stays safe and I don’t end up downstairs in our apartment’s scary basement (seriously, at night my husband had to come down with me to get the laundry because it freaks me out).

But it doesn’t do much for my confidence when the National Weather Service is already set up inNorthern Kentucky (about a 15 minute drive from my house).

So on that note let’s turn our attention to happier, less worrisome things.

I’m pretty sure that if we weren’t married my husband might have proposed on the spot after his first bite of this.  Seriously he even took to his Facebook page to praise this meal, so that seems like a pretty good indication that this was tasty.

I’m actually not 100% sure he’s joking when he says he married me for my food…

This did end up as an unintended special occasion meal considering the price of the lamb and the fact that I went all out with the rest of the meal.  As far as sides I made some sautéed okra with Indian spices and then I’ll admit it, I went a bit fat kid.  I made some spiced basmati rice to go with the dish, but wasn’t satisfied with how it turned out.  In order to save it I turned it into a pakora.

What does that mean?  It means it ended up super deliciously spiced and the rice kind of puffed up and was awesome, but it also means that it wasn’t exactly the healthiest side around.  We topped them with the cilantro chutney I tested from Bollywood Chutneys for an excellent meal.[divider_flat]


Seriously though, I know a dish is good when my husband keeps asking if it’s his birthday.  That also made me feel better about the $20 I plunked down for 8 bone rack (trust me – there was an audible *gulp* when the butcher told me my total).  If you wanted to save a bit of money, you could definitely use some lamb leg slices or another cut as long as you cook it appropriately.

So if you’ve got a man who’s a sucker for lamb (Ha! That kind of rhymed and woman fits in there just as well for all my male readers out there) then give this dish a shot.[hr]

Indian Spiced Rack of Lamb

Servings: 4

Serving Size: 2 chops

Calories per serving: 375

Fat per serving: 12.9

Indian Spiced Rack of Lamb


  • 8 rib Frenched rack of lamb
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup fresh minced cilantro, reserve half for garnish
  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • Pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp cayenne, can use more if you want more of a kick


  1. Combine onion through cayenne in a bowl and mix well (except for the ¼ cup of cilantro being saved for garnish). Mix until well incorporated. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Pour over both sides of lamb and marinate 8 to 24 hours, flipping half way through.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place lamb on a rack set in a roasting pan. Roast for 20 – 30 minutes until done. I used a probe thermometer to judge. It’ll be about 130 for medium rare and 140 for medium. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minute.
  3. Carve rack into individual chops and sprinkle with cilantro.

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  1. this lamb sounds DELICIOUS! yum! thanks for sharing!
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  2. We’re definitely suckers for lamb, it looks great! Love those spicy flavors.
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  3. Bobby and I are both suckers for lamb, so this recipe is a must to try! Love the seasoning, the yogurt – everything! Yours is cooked perfectly! Thanks for sharing. Sending good thoughts for your safety!
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  4. I didn’t grow up eating lamb so I’m a little hesitant to eat it (I eat at restaurant sometimes) but my husband looooves lamb. This looks really delicious, especially with Indian spice!
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  5. Like you, I always consider a meal a hit when my husband raves about it, and I can see why your husband was so happy. You did your $20 purchase justice. The meal looks amazing!
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  6. Wow that lamb rack looks perfectly cooked!
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    • Thanks! I love my probe thermometer. I waited years to plunk down $20 and buy one and after I did, I was amazed that I didn’t do it earlier. No more guessing at perfectly roasted meats and timing with basically no effort!

  7. I am so impressed you didn’t use some packet Indian masala mix and went from scratch all the way! Your husband is one lucky guy and I had a chuckle when I read about the bill from the butcher…I get that. Lamb in this country seems to cost serious moolah!!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • Never! Lol – I never use packets – it makes so much more sense to just use your own ingredients from scratch and that way you’re really able to control the flavor. And oh my gosh – what is the deal with lamb prices? Apparently I need to move to Colorado since they do lamb there lol, hopefully the prices would be lower!

  8. I’m such a sucker for lamb!! Would totally have gobbled up the whole thing in one sitting.. 😀 btw, I noticed you changed the layout of your blog!! I like it!
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    • Aw thanks! I spent hour on it 🙂 I’m still not totally satisfied with how it looks but unless I win the lottery and can actually afford a 4 grand design I’m sticking with it 😛

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