Chops chutney is a savoury dish with lamb chops in a tomato based gravy. It is seasoned with fresh herbs and spices. Served with either rice, roti or bread, it is a quick and easy to prepare dish that uses everyday ingredients in your kitchen.


  • 6 lamb chops (best end), rinsed and excess water drained
  • 10 low acidic (jam) tomatoes, grated
  • 1 large onion, 1/2 finely sliced and 1/2 grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 red chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 3ml ┬áturmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed cumin (jeera) and coriander (dhania) powder
  • 3 mint leaves, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • A handful of chopped coriander
lamb chops chutney

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  1. In a bowl, combined the lamb chops, salt, black pepper, ginger and garlic paste together.
  2. Place a large pan onto the stove top on a medium heat setting.
  3. Stir in enough oil to cover the base of the pan.
  4. Allow the oil to heat through.
  5. Add in the marinated lamb chops and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
  6. The lamb chops should be cooked through and slightly brown on the surface.
  7. Remove the lamb chops from the pan and set it aside.
  8. Using the same pan, stir in the sliced onions, garlic, red and green chillies.
  9. Allow the onions to simmer until it turns a translucent colour.
  10. Stir in the mint leaves and mustard seeds.
  11. Simmer the mixture for a minute.
  12. Add in the turmeric, chilli, cumin and coriander powders.
  13. Mix well. Stir in the grated tomato and onions.
  14. Season with salt and sugar.
  15. Allow the tomatoes to cook for 5 minutes.
  16. Stir in a little water if the chutney begins to cling at the base of the pan.
  17. Allow the chutney to cook util the tomatoes and onions have formed a uniformed gravy .
  18. Add in the fried lamb chops and simmer for a minute.
  19. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.