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Xi´an Lamb Skewers with Raisin Yogurt Sauce

Submitted by: Alex Ong

Spiced lamb on a stick, with a mint and raisin yogurt sauce.



  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Xi´an chili paste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 pounds leg of lamb, meat only; thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • bamboo skewers, soaked in water
  • 1/3 cup California raisin juice concentrate; for basting

Raisin-Yogurt Sauce

  • 2 cups plain unflavored yogurt
  • 1 cup California golden raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 5 fresh mint leaves, minced


Heat oil in sautépan over medium heat; reduce heat to low and cook spices for about 2 minutes, stirring to mix well. Cool; stir in lamb slices and season to taste with salt. Let stand for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, to prepare Raisin-Yogurt Sauce, combine all ingredients except mint leaves ; set aside to chill.

To serve, thread meat onto skewers and grill, basting with raisin juice concentrate, to medium (160°F). Sprinkle with kosher salt. Stir mint leaves into Raisin-Yogurt Sauce and serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 820 (62% from fat); Total Fat 57g (sat 14g, mono 28g, poly 10g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 160mg; Protein 48g; Carbohydrate 31g; (Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 27g; ); Iron 5mg; Sodium 370mg; Calcium 166mg; Potassium 902mg

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