Grilled "Tandoori" Lamb


Here, 'tandoori' refers to the yogurt-based, aromatically spiced marinade that can be used on grilled, broiled, or baked meat. You can adjust the spices to your own personal preferences. Serve with flatbread or rice and cilantro chutney.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
10 servings


  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup finely minced onion

  • 2 cloves crushed garlic

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

  • 4 small fresh lemon wedges

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced

  • spicy cilantro chutney


  1. Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, onion, garlic, ginger, garam masala, paprika, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl until combined.

  2. Toss lamb and salt into marinade; mix until lamb pieces are coated evenly. Cover mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 hours.

  3. Skewer lamb pieces so they barely touch. Wipe off excess marinade with a paper towel. Brush with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt.

  4. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Grill skewers on medium heat until lamb springs back to the touch, about 5 to 7 minutes on each side.

  6. Garnish with red onions, lemon wedges, and chopped cilantro as desired.

    close up view of Grilled "Tandoori" Lamb on skewers garnished with fresh herbs, served with red onions and lime pieces on a white platter
    Chef John

Chef's Note:

This chutney goes well with the skewers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

194 Calories
12g Fat
9g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 35mg 174%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 271mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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