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Tandoori Lamb Chops

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A curry house favourite, tandoori lamb chops are so good!

If you like tandoori lamb chops, you’re in for a real treat with this one. The lamb chops are delicious served with a simple salad and some mint raita. If you want to make these tandoori lamb chops into a  feast, don’t forget the naans!

tandoori lamb chops

About this recipe

Usually when you go out for a curry and order tandoori lamb chops, they are served the Indian way, well done. That is good and you can cook these tandoori lamb chops to your preferred doneness, but I like them pink in the centre which is what I’ve done here.

Not only that, but in this recipe you cut the lamb chops into double thick chops. These are amazing! All you need to do is pick one up and bite into that deliciously marinated and grilled meat and you will be in tandoor heaven!

Which lamb chops should you purchase for this recipe?

Although you can get lamb chops prepared in a more traditional way at Asian shops, I recommend purchasing a couple racks of lamb from a good butcher.

Then you slice and prepare them as shown in the step by step photos below. The extra thick, grilled tandoori lamb chops are to die for!

Do you have to cook these on a barbecue?

Personally, I think you do for best results. That said, you can pan fry them too.

Cooking them over a hot fire on the barbecue add an amazing char grilled tandoori flavour that you find at the best curry houses. 

Is this recipe difficult?

Not at all! All you need to do is marinate the lamb as explained in the recipe card below. This can be done up to 3 days before cooking and yes, the lamb chops do benefit from marinating for longer.

For best results, you should let the tandoori lamb chops marinate for 72 hours. If time is not on your side, you could get away with just marinating the tandoori lamb chops for 1 hour.

Can you freeze tandoori lamb chops?

Yes but please do this after you cook them. The marinade does not freeze well so it is best to grill them up and then freeze for later.

How long with tandoori lamb chops keep in the fridge?

Once cooked, you should be able to keep them, covered in the fridge for about 3 days.

How do you reheat tandoori lamb chops?

If you are cooking them pink in the centre, you don’t want to loose that perfectly cooked meat.

So don’t place them in the microwave as microwave ovens heat the meat from the centre and it will probably come out over done. You should preheat your oven to 200c (400f) and cook for about 10 minutes or until juicy hot and heated through.

If you like well done tandoori lamb chops, then go ahead and use the microwave to heat them up. It only takes a couple of minutes. 

What is the internal temperature for cooked tandoori lamb chops?

This is important as people like their lamb cooked through in different ways. It is best to use a good meat thermometer to ensure you achieve the perfect doneness for your tandoori lamb chops.

For rare, aim for a temperature of 50c/120f. If you want your tandoori lamb chops to be cooked medium rare, 53c/125f is it. For medium, you need those chops to have an internal temperature of 55c/130f and for well done, aim for 63c/145f or higher.

Lamb does have a tendency to taste more gamy if cooked well done. Once cooked to your liking, let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. 

What do you serve with tandoori lamb chops?

The obvious answer is exactly what you might order at your favourite curry house. Try starting off your meal with poppadoms or samosas and a good chutney or two

You might also like to serve a tasty dal and I have recipes for that here too. 

You can’t go wrong with a good curry house style curry and perhaps ever naans and chapatis!

Step by step photographs.

Ingredients for tandoori lamb chops

Get all of your ingredients together before starting. It’s easier that way.

Slicing a rack of lamb into chops.

Begin slicing your racks of lamb into double chops.

Slicing lamb chops

Some may have two bones. When slicing the chops, slice a closely to the second bone as you can.

Slicing tandoori lamb chops.

You can then slice that extra bone off so that each thick cut chop only has one bone handle. For traditional Tandoori lamb chops, remove the top fat as well. 

Whisking the first marinade ingredients.

Whisk the first marinade ingredient together in a mixing bowl. Then rub that marinade right into each lamb chop.

The second marinade ingredients in a bowl.

Mix the second marinade ingredient together.

Lamb chops marinating.

After the lamb has been sitting in the first marinade for 20 minutes, rub the second marinade into the meat. Allow to marinate for 1 to 72 hours. The longer the better. 

Cooking the tandoori lamb chops on the barbecue.

Heat your barbecue and cook for about 3 minutes per side. Using a meat thermometer will ensure perfectly cooked lamb chops.

Tandoori lamb chops

Allow the cooked lamb chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4

Tandoori Lamb Chops

tandoori lamb chops
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes


  • 2 racks of lamb, cut into double chops
  • 2 tbsp ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • ½ tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tbsp fenugreek leaves
  • ½ tsp dry red chilli, crushed
  • ½ tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tsp mint sauce.


  1. You need to marinate the meat in two stages. First, mix the ingredients for the first marinade together and then rub this right into the flesh of the meat.
  2. Allow to marinate for about 20 minutes while you prepare the second marinade.
  3. Whisk all of the second marinade ingredients together and then rub this into the lamb chops. Allow to marinate for at least an hour or up to 72 hours. The longer the better.
  4. When ready to cook, light up your barbecue and prepare for direct heat cooking. When it is uncomfortably hot to hold your hand 2 inches from the cooking grate for longer than 2 seconds, your fire is ready.
  5. Cook the meat for about 3 minutes per side for medium rare or to your preferred doneness.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 536Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 3069mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 16g

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I hope you enjoy these tandoori lamb chops. If you do try the recipe, please leave a comment and tell me what you think. I’m also very happy to answer any recipe questions you might have. 


Tuesday 14th of February 2023

Excellent recipe Dan!! I made lamb chops 3 times in 2 weeks in the air fryer. My family loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

Dan Toombs

Saturday 18th of February 2023

Yes, this is a very popular recipe and I am glad it worked in the air fryer. Dan


Sunday 27th of March 2022

Hi Dan,

Whats the cook time for the lamb on a BBQ?


Saturday 11th of June 2022

@Dan Toombs, Hi, can you give me a recipe for the mint sauce to make at home. Also, is mustard paste just regular mustard, say what you would put on a hot dog? And can I leave the mustard paste out?

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

If it is good quality lamb it shouldn't take long at all. I like my lamb a bit pink so I would just cook it, starting with just a few minutes each side until you are happy with the colour. Thanks Dan


Sunday 6th of February 2022

This was great and is added to the collection. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

I am really glad you liked the recipe. Thanks very much. Dan


Monday 6th of December 2021

Hi Dan what type of mint sauce did you use for this?


Friday 31st of December 2021

@Sa, hi Dan could I make this using the oven?


Monday 27th of December 2021

@Dan Toombs, would you recommend the Colman’s mint sauce or any other brand’s? Looking forward to trying this on New Year’s Day

Dan Toombs

Monday 6th of December 2021

I just use the regular mint sauce in a jar usually served with lamb Sunday dinner. Thanks Dan


Thursday 25th of November 2021

Am I right to assume that you are using dried fenugreek leaves (not seeds) in this recipe since every spice is ground up?

Dan Toombs

Thursday 25th of November 2021

Thanks for checking, yes use fenugreek leaves. Dan

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