Masala Lamb Chops
Masala Lamb Chops
5 from 31 votes
These masala lamb chops are warming, aromatic, succulent and flavourful. Coated with a variety of spices to give a classic twist on Indian flavours then cooked low and slow for a tender lamb chop. Finish by grilling on a pan or on the barbeque for a delicious family meal!
Masala Lamb Chops

Masala Lamb Chops, a dish bursting with flavor and tradition, is a beloved favorite in many households. Originating from the vibrant culinary landscape of South Asia, this recipe infuses succulent lamb chops with a tantalizing blend of aromatic spices.

Despite its impressive flavors, this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare, making it perfect for both novice cooks and seasoned chefs alike. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or craving a cozy meal at home, Masala Lamb Chops are sure to delight your taste buds with every bite.

Expert Tip: When cooking the lamb chops, it’s essential to maintain the right temperature to ensure they are cooked to perfection. Start by cooking them covered over medium heat to tenderize the meat, then finish them off uncovered over higher heat to achieve a nice char on the outside while keeping the inside juicy and tender.


Lamb Chops: Lamb chops bring a rich, meaty flavor that pairs perfectly with the bold spices in this recipe. Their tender texture absorbs the flavors of the marinade, resulting in juicy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Onions: Onions add a sweet and savory depth to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile. They also provide a subtle crunch and help to tenderize the meat as it cooks.

Garlic Paste and Ginger Paste: These aromatic ingredients provide a fragrant base for the marinade, infusing the lamb chops with layers of complex flavor. Their pungent notes complement the earthiness of the other spices.

Black Pepper: A staple in many spice blends, black pepper adds a warm, spicy kick to the dish. Its peppery heat balances the richness of the lamb, creating a harmonious flavor profile.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera): Cumin seeds contribute a nutty, earthy flavor with a hint of citrus undertones. They lend depth and complexity to the marinade, enhancing the overall taste experience.

Salt: Salt is essential for seasoning the lamb chops and enhancing their natural flavors. It helps to balance the spices and brings out the richness of the meat.

Garam Masala: A fragrant spice blend, garam masala adds warmth and depth to the dish. Its aromatic blend of spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, infuses the lamb chops with a rich, complex flavor.

Crushed Chillies: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, crushed chillies provide a fiery kick to the marinade. They add a spicy depth of flavor that complements the other spices and adds a tantalizing heat to each bite of the lamb chops.

Expert Tip: Allow the lamb chops to marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the spices to penetrate the meat and infuse it with flavor. For even more intense flavor, marinate the chops for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair these flavorful lamb chops with fragrant basmati rice and a side of cooling cucumber raita for a complete meal that’s sure to impress.
  • Serve the lamb chops alongside warm naan bread and a selection of chutneys for a delicious Indian-inspired feast.
  • For a lighter option, serve the lamb chops atop a bed of crisp salad greens dressed with a tangy vinaigrette.
  • Transform leftover lamb chops into a mouthwatering sandwich by layering them with sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and a dollop of mint yogurt sauce on crusty bread.
  • For a festive gathering, serve the lamb chops as part of a mezze platter alongside hummus, tabbouleh, and steamed vegetables for a diverse and satisfying spread.

Expert Tip: Look for chops that are pinkish-red in color with a moderate amount of fat for the best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of meat instead of lamb chops?

While lamb chops are traditional for this recipe, you can certainly experiment with other types of meat such as chicken or beef. Just keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the cut of meat you choose.

How long should I marinate the lamb chops?

For optimal flavor, marinate the lamb chops for at least 30 minutes, but they can be marinated for up to 24 hours for even more intense flavor. However, if you’re short on time, even a brief marination will still yield delicious results.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in this recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of crushed chillies according to your personal preference for spiciness. You can also omit them entirely if you prefer a milder flavor.

Can I grill the lamb chops instead of pan-frying them?

Yes, grilling is another fantastic way to cook lamb chops for this recipe. Simply preheat your grill to medium-high heat and cook the lamb chops for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.

How should I store leftover lamb chops?

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply warm them in the microwave or oven until heated through.

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Masala Lamb Chops

Masala Lamb Chops

by Nabeela Kauser
These masala lamb chops are warming, aromatic, succulent and flavourful. Coated with a variety of spices to give a classic twist on Indian flavours then cooked low and slow for a tender lamb chop.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 156 kcal


  • 500 g Lamb Chops
  • 1 Onions
  • 2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 300 ml Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies


  • In a large pan, add the lamb chops, onion, garlic paste, ginger paste, black pepper, whole cumin seeds, salt, garam masala and crushed chillies and water then mix to incorporate all the spices evenly
  • Cover with lid and cook for 30-45 minutes on medium heat until the lamb is tender – this can take up to an hour
  • In a grill pan heat up the olive oil on medium heat then place the lamb chops on the pan and cook on each side for 2 minutes each until lightly charred – alternatively grill the lamb chops on a barbeque
  • Serve as an appetiser or as a main with mashed potato and steamed vegetables!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 21gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 446mgPotassium: 317mgFibre: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cooking, Food, Indian, Lamb, Lamb Chops, Recipe
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Latest comments (12)

Nabeela Kauser

Thanks for pointing that out! Finely chopping the onions and adding them at the beginning works perfectly. They’ll cook down nicely and add great flavor to the lamb chops.

Nabeela Kauser

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m sorry if my approach seems off-putting. I’m just trying to share what works for me in terms of visibility and discoverability. If you have any feedback or suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

5 stars
This recipe was simple but the dish was amazing!! Made it for my family this evening and everyone was impressed (I’m not the best cook in the house) so this has really boosted my confidence – thankyou!! Looking forward to trying Nabeela’s other recipes.🤗

Nabeela Kauser

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 😊. I hope you have a great time exploring more of my recipes.

5 stars
I made them today! They turned out lovely! At first I tried to finish them off in a griddle pan, but they stuck to the wedges a bit, so I did the rest in a frying pan (i didn’t oil the griddle like u did silly me) and they worked out lovely. Thanks again and if anyone reading this is wondering if they should try this recipe, I say go for it! 🙂

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Thanks for the lovely comment. I’m glad they turned out well for you in the end 🙂

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
They turn out nice, juicy and tender like this. Thanks for checking out my recipe 🙂

5 stars
Thanks so much for the recipe, I’m trying it on Friday for my in-laws and I’m really looking forward to replicating it. I love your site and the recipes you’ve come up with, really reminds me of home growing up. I’ll be trying more soon isA! Xx

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