Harissa-marinated lamb with mint chutney, pistachios and yoghurt dressing

This harissa-marinated lamb recipe is full of fiery flavours, which contrast beautifully with the cooling yoghurt and fresh mint chutney. This recipe is taken from New Classics by Marcus Wareing, published by Harper Collins. Photography by Jonathan Gregson.

First published in 2018




Harissa-marinated lamb

Lamb rump brine

Fresh mint chutney

  • 6 tbsp of malt vinegar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 shallots, finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of mint, leaves separated and finely chopped

Yoghurt dressing


For the brine, place all the ingredients in a saucepan with 500ml warm water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2 minutes then remove from the heat and add 500ml cold water. Allow to cool completely
Add the lamb rumps to the brine and place in the fridge for 2 hours
Mix the harissa paste with the olive oil. Rinse the brined lamb rumps under cold running water and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Rub the harissa mixture over the lamb rumps, place them in a container and chill for at least 6 hours (or up to 12 hours)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
To make the fresh mint chutney, heat the malt vinegar in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and dissolve over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the shallots. When cool, add the oil and set aside until ready to use
  • 6 tbsp of malt vinegar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 shallots, finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil
To make the yoghurt dressing, mix all ingredients together in a bowl and season to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, place the lamb rumps, fat-side down, in the pan. Cook for 5–8 minutes, until the fat begins to render and turn a lovely golden brown
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
Turn the rumps over and seal on all the other sides for a further 5 minutes, then place them on a foil-lined dish in the oven. Bake for 5–10 minutes, depending on how pink you like your lamb. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and leave somewhere warm to rest for 5 minutes
Finish the mint chutney by adding the chopped fresh mint. Serve the lamb rumps with the mint chutney and yoghurt dressing, sprinkled with the pistachio nuts. Serve with a large green salad or roasted vegetables
  • 30g of pistachio nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of mint, leaves separated and finely chopped

Marcus Wareing defines his inimitable cooking style as 'not British cuisine, not French cuisine – it’s Marcus cuisine.'

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