Gunpowder lamb

By Jamie Oliver
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  • 1 x 2 kilograms butterflied leg of lamb or hogget, bone out (ask your butcher to do this)
  • Olive oil
  • 1–2 fresh mixed-colour chillies

Gunpowder spice paste (podi):

  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mint dressing:

  • 1 bunch of fresh mint (30 grams)
  • 1 lime
  • 150 grams natural yogurt

Pineapple salsa:

  • 1 small ripe pineapple
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander (30 grams)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Coconut rice:

  • 3 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 mugs of basmati rice (600 grams)
  • 2 fresh mixed-colour chillies
  • 3 tablespoons creamed coconut


  1. Start by making the gunpowder spice paste – blitz the dried chillies, spices and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper in a spice grinder or blender until you have a powder. Peel and add the garlic, pour in the vinegar and vegetable oil, then blitz to a paste.
  2. Trim the excess fat from the lamb, then lightly slash the flesh all over with a sharp knife. Rub the spice paste all over, really getting into all the nooks and crannies, then marinate in the fridge for at least two hours, preferably overnight.
  3. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6 and a griddle pan to high (or you can use the barbecue for added smokiness).
  4. Sear the lamb for 20 minutes on the griddle, turning regularly to build up a gnarly crust, then place in a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and pop into the oven for a further 20 minutes – these timings are for blushing pink, but feel free to adjust to your liking. Remove to a board to rest.
  5. Meanwhile, make the accompaniments. For the dressing, pick most of the mint leaves into a pestle and mortar, add a pinch of salt and bash to a paste. Muddle in the lime juice and yoghurt, then season to taste with black pepper.
  6. For the salsa, peel the pineapple and onion, then cut into wedges (removing the pineapple core). Blacken in a dry frying pan on a high heat, remove to a board, chop into rough two centimeter chunks and scrape into a bowl.
  7. Squeeze over the lime juice, then finely chop and add the coriander stalks (reserving the leaves). Drizzle over two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and season to perfection.
  8. For the coconut rice, place a 24 centimeter non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with one tablespoon of olive oil and the mustard seeds. Pour in two mugs of rice and three mugs of boiling water and season with a pinch of salt. Halve the chillies lengthways and add to the pan with the creamed coconut.
  9. Bring to the boil, give it a stir, then cover and cook for ten minutes on a low heat, followed by five minutes on a high heat – you’re aiming for a crispy bottom. Once cooked, carefully turn out, just like a sandcastle.
  10. Finely slice the remaining chilli(es), then scatter over the lamb with the reserved coriander and mint leaves. Take everything to the table, slice up the lamb and let everyone get stuck in. Delicious served with a seasonal salad.
Calories: 929
Fat: 59 grams (10.2 saturated)
Protein: 33.7 grams
Carbohydrates: 75.9 grams
Sugars: 7.8 grams
Salt: 2.7 grams
Fibre: 1.9 grams


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