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Spiced Lamb and Vegetable Kebabs with Cilantro-Mint Sauce

A bright sauce, made with mint, cilantro, lime juice, and peppers, brings out the fresh flavor in the lamb-and-veggie kebabs. For dessert, try ice cream with mango-cardamom sauce.

Cooking Light MAY 2009

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 kebabs and 1 tablespoon sauce)
  • Prep time:40 Minutes


  • Kebabs:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (1-pound) boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 (2-inch) pieces yellow bell peppers
  • 16 (1/2-inch) wedges red onion
  • Cooking spray
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced


1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

2. To prepare kebabs, combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; add lamb, tossing to coat. Thread lamb, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion alternately onto each of 8 (8-inch) skewers. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning occasionally.

3. To prepare the sauce, combine cilantro and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Serve with kebabs.

Ice cream with mango-cardamom sauce: Place 1 chopped peeled ripe mango, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom in a food processor; process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 256
  • Fat: 13.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Protein: 24.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.4g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 442mg
  • Calcium: 38mg

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