Indian Spiced Lamb Chops with Cucumber salad

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Aromatic, Indian spiced Lamb Chops served with a tangy and sweet cucumber and red onion salad is a delicious, easy healthy dinner recipe.

Indian-spiced lamb chops with cucumber salad

These Indian spiced lamb chops have been a reader-favorite on Simply Delicious since I started my blog in 2009. It’s one of the recipes that I still get comments and questions about and so far, every person who has tried them has loved them. And it’s not hard to see why.

The spices used to flavor the lamb chops are warm, aromatic and delicious without being hot. This means that this recipe is perfect for a family dinner. It helps that it’s an easy healthy dinner recipe too! I love serving the spiced lamb chops with a crunchy, tangy cucumber salad to cut through the richness of the lamb. This recipe takes no more than 20-30 minutes to make and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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How to cook Indian spiced lamb chops

Combine Indian spices with olive oil, garlic and ginger. To prevent the garlic and ginger from burning, I mince them with a microplain to get them really fine. You can also use ground ginger and garlic powder if you prefer. If you don’t have all of the spices mentioned, Garam Masala (Indian spice mix) or a good curry powder can be substituted.

Rub the spice paste onto lamb chops and grill in a hot griddle pan until the lamb chops are cooked to your preference. Allow the lamb to rest for 5 minutes off the heat, before serving.

How long to cook lamb chops

Depending on the thickness of the lamb chops, cooking them for 3-5 minutes per side will allow the chops to caramelize and turn golden on the outside while still being juicy on the inside. The internal temperature should read between 60-70ºC/145-160ºF on a meat thermometer for lamb chops that are medium-rare to medium cooked.

Are Indian spices healthy?

Spices in general hold a lot of healing properties. Many promote healthy heart function, are anti-inflammatory, aid digestion and can even ease pain.

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Indian spiced Lamb Chops with cucumber salad

Aromatic, Indian spiced Lamb Chops served with a tangy and sweet cucumber and red onion salad is a delicious, easy healthy dinner recipe. 
Course Dinner, Gluten free, Low Carb
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy dinner recipe, Indian spiced lamb chops, Lamb chop recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 251kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 4-8 lamb chops Depending on size and amount per person
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 garlic cloves finely grated
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • lemon wedges to serve

For the cucumber salad

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled with seeds removed (alternatively use baby cucumbers, chopped)
  • 1 large red onion peeled
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice/white vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • To make the cucumber salad, Slice the cucumber and onion thinly and add to a medium bowl.
  • Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice/vinegar and add the salt and pepper. Pour over the cucumber and onion and allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  • Combine all the spices, garlic, ginger and olive oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Rub the spice mixture into the lamb chops and repeat on the over side.
  • Pan-fry/grill the lamb chops in a pre-heated pan/grill. You can also cook the lamb in the oven or on an outdoor grill/braai. 
  • Cook your lamb chops for 3-4 minutes per side and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1265mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5.8% | Vitamin C: 9.5% | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 22.6%

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  • Claudette

    My family and I have loved this recipe since you first posted it in 2011. It’s become a standard in our house and I make it already twice a month. Fantastic recipe!

  • Reply

    What a deliciously healthy option for dinner Alida! I love these chops with the cool cucumber salad as a side.

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Mary Ann. I love the crunchy salad. 🙂

  • Tiesha

    @greener how do you make your coconut spinach basmati rice?

  • Reener

    I make these lamb chops today and my family just love it we had our lamb with your salad but I did not have any white balsamic vinegar only had regular on hand, along with Coconut Spinach Basamti rice!!!scrumptious

    • Kellie

      The Coconut Spinach Basmati sounds good

  • Laurel

    Yummy meal! And gorgeous colors. We’re featuring side dishes this week on the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this salad –

  • findnoe

    Looks great, but the photos show pictures of chillies and fresh herbs. Could you clarify which kinds and how much? Thanks!

    • Ally_R

      I just scattered some fresh parsley and chopped bird’s eye chillies on top but you could also use fresh coriander.

  • Sarah

    Always on the lookout for new ways to cook chops. These look divine!

  • LoyoyaNL

    Looks incredibly delicious. Yum!

  • Fiona

    This sounds and looks absolutely yummy!
    I tried out your kellog’s chicken last night ~ it was a hit. Thank you 🙂

  • gloeiwurmpie

    Your sense of colour and texture combinations for photography is an absolute feast for the eye! It reminds me that cooking is truely an artform and your recipes and photos have all the magic ingredients of a brilliant artwork.

  • Ally_R

    We all have disasters sometimes! I’m not a massive fan of fish pie but if I ever decide to make one I promise I’ll probably also make a mess of it lol. Ps. I struggle to believe anything you make can be a flop!

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