Indian Mutton Gyros

We were overdue for another mutton recipe, so we defrosted a 1 pound roast and decided to use it for an Indian/Greek fusion. We borrowed the concept of the Gyro (amazing Greek sandwich often made from pressed ground lamb cooked on a vertical spit) with the amazing Indian flatbread that is naan (check out our Spinach and Garlic Naan recipe!) and some traditional Indian spices. Then, we decided to build a sauce from yogurt and spinach (two ingredients found commonly in both cuisines) to really tie everything together.

We served this with Sauteed Cucumbers, but this one would also go well with a spinach salad, French fries, or the filling we used for our Vegetable Samosas (either in samosas or without the dough and just served on the side).

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that this dish could also be easily made with chicken breast if you prefer that over mutton/lamb.

Time: 4-6 Hours (but it’s pretty much all crockpot/slow cooker waiting time)


  • Mutton or Lamb Roast (we used about 1/2 pound per gyro)
  • Seasonings: Garam Masala will work, but we made our own spice blend with Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin, Ground Clove, Paprika, and Turmeric.
  • Pita or Naan
  • For the Sauce:
    • Spinach
    • Yogurt
    • Turmeric


  • Mix your seasonings, and rub them atop your mutton/lamb. Then, add some water to your crockpot/slow cooker, and set it to low.
  • Let the mutton cook for between 4-6 hours depending on the size of your roast. Using a spoon or a baster, occasionally scoop up some of the water, and pour it over the top of your roast during cooking.
  • At any point between starting your mutton and about a half hour before you wish to eat, steam some spinach, and let it cool to room temperature. Then, fold it into some yogurt, and mix in some turmeric, and stash covered in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
  • When your mutton/lamb is cooked, remove from the slow cooker, and set it on a large cutting board.
  • Heat your pita/naan, and carefully, slice or shred your meat (however you prefer for your sandwich).
  • Assemble with your spinach yogurt and (suggested) fresh tomato.
  • Plate, devour, and enjoy!

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