Middle Eastern sticky lamb shank stew

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Somewhere between a soup and a stew, this is chock-a-block with yummy vegetables. Delicious ladled over fluffy cous cous, serve with extra flat bread to mop up the juices.

Middle Eastern sticky lamb shank stew.
Middle Eastern sticky lamb shank stew. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Ingredients

  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 celery stick
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 4 medium lamb shanks
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp harissa (optional)
  • pinch saffron
  • 1 1/2 litres chicken stock
  • 400g jap pumpkin
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 large potatoes
  • Cous cous to serve
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
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Method

Preheat oven to 180C fan forced. Chop onion, celery, carrot and leek into medium-sized dice. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy-based casserole dish and brown lamb shanks on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add diced vegetables to the pan and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, fennel, cumin, cinnamon, harissa and saffron and cook for a further minute. Return shanks to pan, add stock and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and place casserole in oven, uncovered for 1 1/2 hours, until lamb meat is tender and falling off the bones.

Dice the pumpkin, parsnip and potato and place in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss to coat well. Place in the oven for 1 hour or until the vegetables are soft.

Remove the lamb and other roasted vegetables from the oven. When cool enough to handle, gently pull away the lamb meat from the shanks and break into large pieces. Discard the bones. Mix the roasted vegetables with the lamb.

Place a large spoonful of cous cous in a shallow bowl and ladle over the lamb and vegetables. Scatter over coriander and serve.

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  • Main Ingredients - Lamb
  • Cuisine - Middle Eastern
  • Course - Main-course

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  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    This was very easy and delicious. A lighter way to enjoy lamb shanks, but I would recommend using home made chicken stock. I substituted sweet potato for the potato so I could freeze some for easy meals down the track.

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    July 21, 2013, 9:56AM

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