Tandoori Lamb Chops
Tandoori Lamb Chops
5 from 126 votes
Embark on a culinary adventure with the aromatic tandoori lamb chops, a dish that harmonizes robust flavours and succulent lamb. An exploration of taste, culture, and food craftsmanship, this recipe captures the essence of traditional Indian cuisine, making it a joy to create and a delight to savour.
Tandoori Lamb Chops

If you’re craving a taste of authentic Indian cuisine with a twist of smoky flavor, then tandoori lamb chops are the perfect dish for you.

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, tandoori cuisine involves marinating meats in a blend of aromatic spices and yogurt before cooking them in a tandoor, a traditional clay oven.

While I’ll be using a conventional oven for this recipe, the result is just as delicious. Tandoori lamb chops are a delightful combination of tender meat infused with a medley of spices, resulting in a burst of flavors with every bite.

Despite their exotic name, preparing these mouthwatering lamb chops is surprisingly easy, making them suitable for both novice and experienced cooks alike.

Expert Tip: Serve the tandoori lamb chops with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro for an extra burst of freshness and flavor.


Lamb Chops: Lamb chops provide a juicy and tender base for the flavorful marinade. Their slightly gamey flavor pairs perfectly with the bold spices used in tandoori masala.

Yoghurt: Acting as a tenderizer, yoghurt helps to break down the proteins in the meat, resulting in tender and succulent lamb chops. It also adds a creamy texture to the marinade, allowing the spices to adhere to the meat more effectively.

Tandoori Masala: This quintessential Indian spice blend is the heart of tandoori dishes, providing a rich and aromatic flavor profile. Made from a blend of spices such as cumin, coriander, and paprika, tandoori masala adds warmth and depth to the marinade.

Kashmiri Chilli: Known for its vibrant red color and mild heat, Kashmiri chilli adds a subtle kick to the marinade without overwhelming the dish. It also lends a beautiful hue to the lamb chops, enhancing their visual appeal.

Turmeric Powder: prized for its vibrant yellow color and earthy flavor, turmeric powder not only adds a beautiful hue to the marinade but also offers numerous health benefits. Its warm and slightly bitter taste complements the other spices, adding depth to the dish.

Salt: A fundamental ingredient in any recipe, salt helps to enhance the natural flavors of the lamb chops while balancing the heat from the spices.

Chilli Powder: For an extra kick of heat, chilli powder adds a fiery flavor to the marinade, giving the lamb chops a spicy edge.

Black Pepper: Adding a sharp and pungent flavor, black pepper complements the other spices in the marinade, adding depth and complexity to the dish.

Cumin Powder: With its warm and nutty flavor, cumin powder adds an earthy undertone to the marinade, enhancing the overall taste of the lamb chops.

Ginger Paste and Garlic Paste: These aromatic pastes infuse the marinade with a bold and zesty flavor, adding a distinctively savory element to the dish.

Lemon Juice: Providing a tangy and citrusy kick, lemon juice brightens up the marinade, balancing the richness of the spices with its refreshing acidity.

Olive Oil: Serving as a binder for the marinade, olive oil helps to coat the lamb chops evenly, ensuring that the spices adhere to the meat during cooking.

Expert Tip: Don’t skip the step of flipping the lamb chops halfway through baking. This ensures that they cook evenly and develop a nice caramelized crust on both sides.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair the tandoori lamb chops with fragrant basmati rice for a complete meal. The fluffy texture and subtle flavor of basmati rice complement the bold spices of the lamb chops perfectly.
  • Serve the lamb chops alongside a cooling cucumber raita. The creamy yogurt base of the raita helps to balance the heat from the spices, while the fresh cucumber adds a refreshing crunch.
  • For a more indulgent experience, accompany the lamb chops with garlic naan bread. The soft and pillowy texture of naan provides the ideal vessel for soaking up the flavorful juices from the lamb chops.
  • Garnish the lamb chops with freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of freshness and brightness.
  • To complete the meal, serve a side of roasted vegetables such as cauliflower, bell peppers, and onions. The caramelized edges and tender texture of the roasted vegetables complement the robust flavors of the lamb chops beautifully.

Expert Tip: For maximum flavor, allow the lamb chops to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight if possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the lamb chops?

Marinating the lamb chops for at least 30 minutes is recommended to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. However, for even more intense flavor, you can marinate them for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Can I grill the lamb chops instead of baking them?

Yes, you can definitely grill the lamb chops for a smokier flavor. Simply preheat your grill to medium-high heat and grill the marinated lamb chops for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until they are cooked to your desired level of doneness.

Can I use boneless lamb chops for this recipe?

While bone-in lamb chops are traditionally used for tandoori lamb chops, you can certainly use boneless lamb chops if that’s what you prefer. Just keep in mind that boneless chops may cook slightly faster, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.

How can I make this recipe spicier?

If you prefer a spicier kick, you can increase the amount of Kashmiri chilli powder or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the marinade. Alternatively, you can include some finely chopped green chillies for an extra burst of heat.

Can I freeze the marinated lamb chops?

Yes, you can freeze the marinated lamb chops for later use. Simply place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

Is it necessary to flip the lamb chops while baking?

Flipping the lamb chops halfway through baking helps to ensure even cooking and allows both sides to develop a beautiful golden crust. It also helps to baste the lamb chops with the juices in the tray, keeping them moist and flavorful.

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Tandoori Lamb Chops

Tandoori Lamb Chops

by Nabeela Kauser
These tandoori lamb chops are warming, aromatic, succulent, and flavourful. Marinated in a spicy tandoori marinade then baked until tender and succulent.
5 from 126 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Marination Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 239 kcal


  • 700 g Lamb Chops
  • 100 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Tandoori Masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil


  • In a bowl add the marinade ingredients into a bowl then mix until a thick paste forms
  • Add the lamb chops and cover the masala over the lamb chops evenly then set aside and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes
  • Once marinated line a large tray with foil and spread the lamb chops in a single layer
  • Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 for 1 hour
  • Remove the foil and flip over the lamb chops then baste the lamb chops with the juices in the tray and bake for a further 20 minutes
  • Serve immediately alongside some chunky chips and enjoy!



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


Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 30gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 704mgPotassium: 451mgFibre: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 220IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 0.02µgCalcium: 46mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Baked, Comfort Food, Food, Lamb, Lamb Chops, Meat, Recipe
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