A delicious showstopper of a dish, this spiced leg of lamb brightens up a summer’s day but is still really easy to do and enjoyed by all. The yoghurt and tamarind chutney work so well with the lamb adding a creamy and sweet tangy note. You can buy this chutney in the markets, sometimes called tamarind sauce but equally, it is really easy to make. 


  • 1.5 kg well-trimmed, boned and butterflied leg of lamb

  • Salt and lots of black pepper to taste

  • Marinade

  • 1 small onion, quartered

  • 30g mint plus extra for serving

  • 31/2 tbs. vinegar

  • 1 tbs. garam masala

  • 2 tsp. cumin powder

  • 25g garlic

  • 35g fresh ginger, peeled weight

  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder

  • 120g plain yoghurt

  • 1 tbs. vegetable oil

  • To serve

  • 500g tub Greek Yoghurt

  • 120g Tamarind sauce/chutney


  • 1.

    Blend together all the marinade ingredients until smooth. Season well with both salt and pepper. Taste, it should taste salty (and a little strong at this stage).

  • 2.

    Pierce the lamb vigorously all around with a fork. Place in a snug container or a large freezer bag and pour over all the marinade. Massage in really well. Cover the container or close the bag and place the lamb in the fridge to marinate, ideally overnight, but as long as you can.

  • 3.

    Remove the lamb from the fridge about 45 minutes before starting to cook. Oil the grill rack. Heat up your BBQ to a medium-high heat, place the lamb, skin side down straight on top and cook for about 10 minutes on one side, turn over and cook for another 10 minutes or so, move the lamb to a part of the BBQ not directly over the hot coals or turn the BBQ down, cover the BBQ and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until done to your liking.

  • 4.

    Take off the heat and cover loosely with foil for about 15 minutes. Serve sliced or across the grain.

  • 5.

    Meanwhile, season the yoghurt, stir in half the chutney and extra shredded mint, so it is muddled. Serve with the extra chutney on the side.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 706kj
  • Fat Total 43g
  • Saturated Fat 18g
  • Protein 53g
  • Carbohydrate 21g
  • Sugar 16g
  • Sodium 1018mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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