Chinese Chile and Cumin Lamb Kebabs (Yángròu chuàn)

The staple meats of Western China, lamb and mutton can be found folded into everything from pilafs to buns to noodles. Of course, they're also the focal point of the region's iconic kebabs. Seasoned with freshly ground cumin (zira in Farsi and zīrán in Chinese), which was probably introduced to Xinjiang from Persia, the kebabs get an extra kick from minced garlic cloves and ground chile powder.

Recipe adapted from All Under Heaven.

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Chile and Cumin Lamb Kebabs (Yángròu chuàn)

Chile and Cumin Lamb Kebabs (Yángròu chuàn)Matt Taylor-Gross