Meat – Gorkhali Lamb Chili (Nepali Food Recipe)

(Nepali Spicy Grilled Lamb Sautéed in Chili Sauce)

  • 2 lbs. lamb chops (pork can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh hot chili, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups red bell pepper, cut into 1-in pieces
  • 1 cup scallion, cut into 1-in length
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 5 dry whole red chilies
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish


  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon timur (Szechwan pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  • Salt and Pepper


  • In a small bowl combine all marinating ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • In a large bowl, pour the marinade over lamb pieces.
  • Mix well, cover, and let marinate for at least four hours.
  • Grill marinated lamb on a charcoal grill, occasionally turning until cooked through, about ten minutes.
  • Cut grilled lamb into 1-in strips.
  • In a blender, process garlic, ginger, fresh chili, cumin, chopped onions and tomatoes, honey, salt and pepper into a smooth paste.
  • In a sauce pan heat two tablespoons of cooking oil.
  • Fry dry whole red chilies till dark.
  • Add the spice mixture and sauté on medium heat till the oil starts to separate from the spices, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add grilled lamb pieces, red bell pepper, and scallions.
  • Stir thoroughly to coat with spices.
  • Cook until vegetables are tender.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with rice, or roti (flat bread).

Author: Tulsi Regmi

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