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April 29, 2024

Grilled Garam Masala American Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Raita


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Prep Time

25 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

35 min



lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini


For the loin chops: 

● 6 American Lamb loin chops, about 1 inch thick 

● 2 tablespoons garam masala 

● 2 tablespoons olive oil 

● 2 cloves garlic, minced 

● Salt and pepper to taste 

● Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional) 

● Lemon wedges for serving 


For the mint raita: 

● 1 cup plain yogurt 

● 1/2 cup cucumber, grated and squeezed to remove excess moisture 

● 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, finely chopped 

● 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped 

● 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

● Zest and juice of 1 small lemon 

● 1/2 teaspoon sugar 

● Salt to taste


1. Prepare the marinade: 

In a small bowl, mix together garam masala, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to create a marinade. 

2. Marinate loin chops: 

Rub the marinade all over the American Lamb loin chops ensuring they are evenly coated. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours for maximum flavor. 

3. Grill: 

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. 

Once the grill is hot, place the loin chops on the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare or 160°F (71°C) for medium*. 

Once cooked, remove the loin chops from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. 

4. Prepare the mint raita: 

In a bowl, combine plain yogurt, grated cucumber, chopped mint leaves, chopped cilantro leaves, ground cumin, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt. Mix well until everything is evenly incorporated. 

Taste the raita and adjust the seasoning with more salt if needed. 

Cover the bowl and refrigerate the mint raita for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. 

Serve the chilled mint raita alongside the grilled garam masala loin chops as a refreshing and cooling accompaniment. 

5. Serving: 

Arrange the grilled garam masala loin chops on a platter and serve with a bowl of mint raita on the side.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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