Xinjiang Lamb Kebabs for Australia Day

First of all I just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone. I can’t believe we are now in 2012. Time sure does fly when you are having fun.

For my first post, I wanted to share a fantastic recipe, for Xinjiang Lamb Kebabs, which I will be making for an Australia Day picnic. These lamb kebabs are just one of the delicious dishes that Uighur cuisine has to offer. (The Uighur people are from Central Asia between Mongolia and Kazakhstan).

My friend Anna introduced me to these skewers years ago, in a Uighur restaurant near Sydney’s Chinatown. When she came back from Amsterdam for a visit last Christmas, she told me that she found a recipe for them. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to make them myself.

Xinjiang Lamb Kebabs (recipe from Food Buzz)


1 kilo lamb leg (cut into 3cm cubes)
4 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili flakes
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
2 teaspoons ground ginger powder
4 garlic cloves (very finely chopped)
2 teaspoons sea salt
10 to 15 bamboo BBQ sticks that have been soaked in water


1. In a large tray, mix the spices together and add the oil. Add the lamb pieces and stir to coat. Set aside in the fridge to marinade. I left mine for 24 hours but a minimum of 5 hours is ok.

2. Once the lamb is marinated, thread 4 to 5 pieces onto each BBQ stick. BBQ the lamb skewers until they are slightly pink in the middle. There is nothing worse that over cooked lamb leg. Don’t be tempted to overcook them.

3. Serve with a green salad and some Tzatziki.

These lamb skewers are delicious hot or cold. It’s simple to prepare and only takes minutes to cook. It’s the perfect dish to kick-start your Australia Day celebrations. Our Lambassador Sam Kekovich would be proud.  

Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie readers. I hope you all have a safe and fun filled day… If you haven't already seen it, make sure you watch Sama Kekovich in the hilarious video below.

Anabel Nieuwen –  (January 18, 2012)  

I'm gonna make these on Thursday. Wooooooooo!

Karen | Citrus and Candy (January 18, 2012)  

Gotta love a good lamb! I admit, I've never tried Uighur food before (nor do I know how to spell/pronounce it lol). I might have to head to one of these joints and be enlightened.

Happy new year to you too Kath! xx

Tina @ bitemeshowme (January 18, 2012)  

Great recipe to celebrate Australia Day! :)

OohLookBel (January 18, 2012)  

Love the Barbie Girl song! Have a lambilicious Australia Day, your kebabs look great.

Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) (January 18, 2012)  

I've tried Uighur lamb kebabs only once before, and they were served on these long sword-like skewers! Aaaaand, much fun was had "sword fighting" with them afterwards of course.

Have a great Australia Day, Kath!

Tricia –  (January 19, 2012)  

This is one of my "new found love". Can't wait to try it out!


jenius (January 20, 2012)  

I became addicted to Uighur cuisine a few years ago - I saw the use of cumin in a different light! Looking forward to Australia Day! Hope you have a good one! x

Girl Meets Sugar (January 22, 2012)  

These look delish! Will try out this recipe soon. Happy Australia Day!

Sara - Belly Rumbles (January 22, 2012)  

Sadly I really don't like lamb, but would love giving these a go with pork or beef.

Joy (January 24, 2012)  

That looks wonderful.

Roxy (February 01, 2012)  

Love all your food!!

Trissa (February 04, 2012)  

That video is hilarious Kath! Hope you had a great Australia day - am sure with your lamb kebabs you would have.

excusemewaiter (February 09, 2012)  

oh wow these look great, just my first taste of uighur food last week and found the spices so different from anything i've tried before.

Paul (February 15, 2012)  

I love meat!!!!!

Iska (February 19, 2012)  

This is one of those must-try Northern Chinese food when we were Beijing-based. Though I've never been to the Xinjiang Province myself, our panyi (translator) was from Xinjiang and occasionally gave us a taste of their culture.

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! (February 27, 2012)  

I've had some Northern Chinese meat skewers before and quite enjoyed them, I love the mix of spices that they used, quite aromatic :)
A belated happy new year to you Kath!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella (February 27, 2012)  

Great choice for Australia Day Kath! I've loved the Uighur food that I've tried :)

Me And My Sweets (April 10, 2012)  

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Steven (July 29, 2012)  

Lovely recipe for any day not jsut Australia day!

Thank you!
PS I love this Barbie Girl version and now it's stuck on my head!

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