- 8 double-boned lamb best end chops - you will need to ask your butcher for these
A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…
- juice of 1 lime
The same shape, but smaller than…
- 3 tbsp malt vinegar
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 125ml mustard oil or vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…
- 85g gram flour (chickpea flour)
- 4 star anise toasted in a hot pan
Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…
- 3 green chillies
Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1 small papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
Native to tropical America, papayas are a large fruit also known as paw-paws. They have vibrant…
Marinate the chops in the lime juice, vinegar, chilli powder and a pinch of salt while you make the rest of the marinade.
Heat 100ml of the oil in a small saucepan and add the gram flour, stirring continuously for a minute or two until the flour forms a smooth sandy paste and you begin to smell a nutty aroma. Transfer the paste to a bowl and leave to cool.
Crush the star anise using a pestle and mortar, then tip into a food processor with the chillies, garlic, papaya and the remaining oil and blend to a smooth paste. Mix both pastes over the marinated meat and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
To cook the chops, preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Lift the chops out of the marinade and wipe off any excess so the chops are just lightly coated. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the chops in batches for a couple of minutes on each side until browned. Transfer to a roasting tray and roast for 10-20 minutes depending on how pink you like your lamb. Serve the chops with mint sauce and winter salad.