Barbecued lamb cutlets with raita salad

by Jo Pearson | Cuisine issue #150
Serves: 6For a more substational main meal, accompany the lamb with grilled flat bread

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
zest of 1 lemon
2 x Frenched 9-bone lamb racks
500g vine tomatoes, cored, quartered, deseeded
3 shallots or 1 red onion, very thinly sliced
2 red chillies, deseeded, sliced
1 cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthways, deseeded, sliced
1 handful mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup natural yoghurt, seasoned with white pepper and salt

Combine the vegetable oil, cumin, garlic and lemon zest. Rub over the lamb racks and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then leave to marinate, covered, at room temperature for 2 hours.

Preheat the barbecue to medium. Combine all the remaining ingredients except for the yoghurt in a bowl and toss to combine. Season.

Cook the lamb racks for 10 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Remove and set aside to rest for 10 minutes. Slice into cutlets and serve with the salad and yoghurt.

Wine: Syrah.

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