Nyama choma

Nyama choma

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes, plus 2 hours’ marinating time
  • 1 hour
  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019
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  • For the marinade:
  • 3 T tamarind paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 T honey
  • 3 green chillies, roughly chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1.3 kg lamb ribs
  • For the kachumbari:
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 15 g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • For the mukimo:
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 200 g Woolworths hand-shelled peas
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200 g Swiss chard, roughly chopped
  • 2 t butter
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

1. To make the marinade, mix the tamarind paste, garlic, red wine vinegar, honey and chillies.

2. Score the top of the lamb ribs using a sharp knife and season, then rub the marinade onto the lamb and marinate for 2 hours.

3. To make the kachumbari, mix the red onion and lemon juice and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Toss with the remaining ingredients and chill until required.

4. To make the mukimo, place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Season and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Add the peas to the potatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain, then allow to steam in a colander for 5 minutes.

6. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat and sauté the garlic until fragrant. Add the Swiss chard and cook for a further 2 minutes.

7. Add the butter to the potatoes and mash, then mix through the cooked chard and season.

8. Cook the lamb ribs over medium coals for 45 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Serve the mukimo on a platter topped with the lamb and kachumbari.

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Photograph: Jan Ras 
Food assistant: Emma Nkunzana

Keletso Motau Recipe by: Keletso Motau
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Keletso Motau is a TASTETube presenter and stylist who has worked with TASTE since 2017. He loves developing dessert recipes and his all-time favourite food is Lamb Curry. Follow him on Instagram: @keletso.motau.

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