Tamarind and lemongrass lamb ribs

Sweet, dark and sticky ribs!

  • 3 hrs 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Tamarind and lemon grass lamb ribs
  • 1/2 cup (150g) firmly packed tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 kilogram lamb ribs
  • 1 litre (4 cups) chicken stock
  • 180 gram dark palm sugar, grated
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fish sauce
  • 30 gram piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 6 clove garlic, unpeeled, bruised
  • 3 fresh stalks lemon grass, trimmed, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh vietnamese mint leaves
  • 1 fresh long green chilli, sliced thinly
  • 2 limes (180g), quartered


Tamarindand lemon grass lambribs
  • 1
    Place tamarind pulp and the boiling water in a bowl; soak 15 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve; discard solids.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F.
  • 3
    Heat oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat; cook ribs, in two batches, 3 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to a large deep roasting pan.
  • 4
    Add tamarind liquid, stock, sugar, sauces, ginger, garlic and lemon grass to pan, cover with foil; roast for 2 hours. Remove foil; roast a further 1 hour or until meat is very tender and sauce is reduced.
  • 5
    Transfer ribs to a large bowl and cooking liquid to a medium bowl. Cover bowls with plastic wrap; refrigerate 4 hours or until fat has solidified.
  • 6
    Scoop off solidified fat from cooking liquid; discard. Place 2 cups of the cooking liquid in a deep frying pan (discard remaining liquid) over high heat. Add ribs; cook 10 minutes, turning occasionally or until sauce boils and reduces, and ribs have warmed through. Top with mint and chilli; serve with lime.

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