Photo: Annabelle Breakey

YieldsServes 4 (serving size: 2 skewers)
AuthorKate Washington

The key to good kebabs is using very lean but tender meat; the top round is ideal (ask your butcher to cut it for you). A simple raita--—a sauce of yogurt with chopped cucumber and mint--goes well with this, as does naan flatbread warmed on the grill.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Heat a grill to high (about 450° to 550°). Cut zucchini and bell peppers into chunks about 1 in. wide. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, chopped cilantro, garam masala, salt, curry powder, cayenne, lemon juice, and oil. Add lamb and vegetables and toss to coat.

Step 2
2

Thread lamb and vegetables onto 8 (10 in.) metal skewers, keeping some space between the pieces to help them cook evenly.

Step 3
3

Grill skewers until beginning to char and easy to turn, about 5 minutes, then turn as needed until lamb is medium-rare and vegetables are lightly charred but still tender-crisp, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Step 4
4

Transfer skewers to a platter and top with cilantro sprigs.

Step 5
5

*Find at well-stocked grocery stores and Indian markets.

Ingredients

 3 medium zucchini
 2 red bell peppers
 1/4 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for serving
 1 teaspoon garam masala*
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
 1 1/4 pounds lamb top round or sirloin, cut into 1-in. chunks

Directions

Step 1
1

Heat a grill to high (about 450° to 550°). Cut zucchini and bell peppers into chunks about 1 in. wide. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, chopped cilantro, garam masala, salt, curry powder, cayenne, lemon juice, and oil. Add lamb and vegetables and toss to coat.

Step 2
2

Thread lamb and vegetables onto 8 (10 in.) metal skewers, keeping some space between the pieces to help them cook evenly.

Step 3
3

Grill skewers until beginning to char and easy to turn, about 5 minutes, then turn as needed until lamb is medium-rare and vegetables are lightly charred but still tender-crisp, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Step 4
4

Transfer skewers to a platter and top with cilantro sprigs.

Step 5
5

*Find at well-stocked grocery stores and Indian markets.

Indian-Spiced Lamb Kebabs