Blending Middle Eastern with Australian flavours, Adam shares his recipe for these juicy lamb skewers, coated in a wattle seed and bush tomato tahini.






Skill level

Average: 4 (5 votes)


  • 1 tsp ground pepper berry
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • salt, to season
  • 800 g boneless lamb leg with fat on, cut into 4-cm cubes
  • ¼ cup finely shredded parsley
  • lemon wedges, to serve

Bush tomato tahini

  • 1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground wattle seed
  • 1 tsp ground kudjera (bush tomato)

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Marinating time: 4 hours

  1. Place the pepper berry, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, onion, garlic and oil in a small food processor and blend into a puree. Season well with salt, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the lamb, stir to coat well, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight if time permits.
  2. Preheat a chargrill pan or barbecue grill to high. Thread the lamb onto metal skewers, alternating fattier pieces of lamb with leaner pieces.
  3. Cook the lamb skewers for about 8 minutes, turning frequently, drizzling with olive oil and seasoning with a little more salt as you go. Remove from the heat and rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for the bush tomato tahini, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  5. Serve the skewers scattered with parsley, drizzled with a little extra olive oil and with the bush tomato tahini on the side.


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