Pudina Chops – Spiced Minted Lamb Chops with Pickled Pumpkin – By Peter Joseph of Kahani
This spiced minted grilled lamb chop recipe from Peter Joseph packs a punch in terms of flavour, and is served with an intense, sweet and tangy pickled pumpkin side. Peter, who was brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India’s southernmost state, has been a fundamental part in bringing Indian cuisine to Michelin-star level having spent considerable time at Tamarind before opening his own top-end restaurant in Chelsea back in August 2018. Try this beautiful recipe at home:
- 1 lamb rack, 6-bone
- 1 tsp dried mint powder
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp peppercorns, crushed
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp of crushed ginger and garlic
- 1 tbsp of lime juice
- 100 g of pumpkin, diced
- 4 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
- 4 tbsp of distilled malt pickling vinegar
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 tsp degi mirch powder
- 1 tsp ginger, chopped
- 1 tsp nigella seeds
- 2 tbsp of oil
To begin, pickle the pumpkin. Soak the diced pumpkin and pumpkin seeds in malt vinegar overnight.
Prepare the lamb rack by cutting into individual chops. Clean up the bones using a small, sharp knife. Mix together all of the marinade ingredients and add to a bowl with the lamb chops, making sure the meat is completely covered and refrigerate for 6 hours to marinate.
When ready to serve, heat the oil in a pan and add the fennel and mustard seeds. Once they start to crackle, add the pumpkin and pumpkin seeds and cook, tossing regularly, for a minute or so. Add the degi mirch powder, ginger and nigella seeds and cook for a couple of minutes. Check the seasoning and remove from the heat.
Grill the lamb under a very hot grill, in a chargrill pan or on a barbecue for 1 minute on each side.
Sprinkle with the dried mint and serve with the pickled pumpkin and a side of rice. Enjoy!
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