Grilled Baby Lamb Leg with Sambal Matah (Balinese Raw Shallot and Chillies Spicy Salsa)

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Grilled lamb Leg with Balinese Sambal Matah

Grilled lamb leg with Balinese Sambal Matah (Raw Chilli and Shallots Spicy Salsa) is one of my signature dish. I served it many ways: rice, noodle, mashed potatomashed sweet potato, saffron polenta or  spicy roasted cassava. I’ve try to cook baby lamb rack before, i made a Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chop/Rack with Feta Cheese & Spinach Stuffing and it turned out very good. Even my sister who not really like lamb told me that it’s quite tasty. If  you can’t finished the grilled lamb leg, you can make over it with stir fry it into Stir Fry Lotus Root, Broccoli and Leftover Roast. Today i use the lamb leg cut from a 2 months old baby sheep and it only fed with milk. It’s weighed  only about 3 pounds, such a tiny lil leg. Baby lamb leg is very tender and mild in gamey flavour. Trimming as much silver skin and excess fat as possible because it’s contain so strong gamey aromas when cook. But keep a lil bit of it to prevent the meat drain out during grilling.

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Barbeque Grilled Baby Lamb Leg Recipe with Balinese Sambal Matah (Raw Chilli, Shallots and Lemongrass Salsa)

Making grilled baby lamb leg is so easy, first you should know how to choose  baby lamb leg. Don’t get hesitate when your baby lamb meat had a pale pink color since it’s the natural color of baby lamb meat. Roasting or grilling baby lamb cuts is a little bit tricky, i’ve been told that baby lamb rack is more easily throughly cooked due to high water content with low fat content, even it’s sounds healtier, but this make the baby lamb rack easily dry out. Thats why you need to keep your attention on temperature when dealing with baby lamb meat. Properly cooked baby lamb leg could be turn out into a very tender and juicy with a very mild lamb flavour on it!

resep kambing bakar dengan sambal cabe mentah

Paha Kambing Muda Bakar dengan Sambal Matah Bali ( Grilled Baby Lamb leg with Raw Chili Sambal)

Grilled baby lamb leg  or  Paha Kambing Muda Bakar in Bahasa Indonesia is sounds boring without a touch of spicy and refreshing sauce or salsa. That’s why i paired this barbeque grilled lamb leg with Balinese sambal matah. Sambal matah is literrary a raw shallot, chilli and  lemongrass salsa/sambal from Bali Island , Indonesia. It contains a lot of finely sliced shallots, chopped bird’s eye chili, terasi or shrimp paste, with a dash of kaffir  lime juice. Sambal matah is suits for any seafood, especialy barrbequed dish. I guess the samabal matah is also suits with grilled gamey meat. The authentic sambal matah use a finely chopped ingredients but i prefer it in a chunk like salsa.

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Tender and moist grilled baby lamb leg (Paha Kambing Muda Bakar yag=ng Empuk)

Grilled Baby Lamb Leg Recipe (Resep Paha Kambing Muda Bakar):


  • 1 baby lamb leg (about 3 pounds)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
baby lamb leg pink meat

Baby lamb leg meat had a pale pink color!

Grilled Lamb Spicy Rubs:

  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 6 shallots
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorn
  • 1/4 juniper berries
  • 3 dried bird eye chillies
  • salt to taste
spicy marinade rub for grilling lamb leg

Spicy Marinade for grilling baby lamb leg

Sambal Matah Recipe:

  • 7 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 7 bird’s eye chilies, roughly choped
  • 4 cherry tomato, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp terasi (dried shrimp paste), roasted , mashed
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, peel off and use the tender part only, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp kaffir lime juice
  • 30  ml coconut oil


How To Make Grilled Lamb Leg :

  • Proccessed all spicy lamb leg rubs ingredients into a fine paste
  • Pat dry the lamb leg evenly, no need to washed lamb leg before cooking
  • Trim as many silver skin and excess fat as possible, score the meat to make the seasoning penetrate better
  • Rubs and massage the lamb leg evenly with she spicy marinade rubs mixture
lamb leg marinade grill barbeque recipe

Rub the lamb leg with spicy marinade evenly like you really mean it!

  • Drizzle with 3 tbsp olive oil and let it marinade overnight in the fridge
  • Firstly in the next day morning,  discard the excess liquid from the marinated lamb leg
  • Set your charcoal gilling/ barbeque pot
  • Grill the lamb leg over charcoal for about 25- 30 minutes
  • Stab the thickest part of the lamb leg with a meat thermometer and your lamb leg is well done when it reach 75 degree Celcius and keep it below that  if your want your grilled lamb medium done.

How To Make Sambal Matah :

  • Mix all ingredient except the coconut oil and shrimp paste
  • Heat up the coconut oil and the shrimp paste until slightly boil, pour onto the sambal mixture and mix well

Serve the grilled lamb leg with sambal matah and SPICY ROASTED SWEET POTATO or CASSAVA

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26 thoughts on “Grilled Baby Lamb Leg with Sambal Matah (Balinese Raw Shallot and Chillies Spicy Salsa)

  1. I love pairing grilled meats with “salsas.” I think it’s such a great alternative to rice or bread. It looks like you are quite the master of the grill 🙂

  2. I love lamb, but have never grilled it Asian way… only European or in Indian curries, so I’m glad to see this luscious looking recipe. The sambal sounds amazing! I have all the ingredients (I have recently discovered how shrimp paste is a miracle ingredients so now I make sure I stock it). Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment.

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