Try this authentic lamb shank cuisine recipe, packed with Middle Eastern spices for a truly rich, flavourful stew.


  • 2 kgs Lamb shanks (approx. 400 g each)

  • 1 tablespoon Ras-el-Hanout (Available in Middle-Easten delis)

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • ½ cup plain flour

  • Olive oil for frying

  • Sauce:

  • 1 medium size sliced onion

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 200g diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • ½ tablespoon Ras-el-Hanout

  • ½ tablespoon cracked black pepper

  • ½ tablespoon sumac (Available in Middle-Easten delis)

  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 dried Persian lemon crushed (Available in Middle-Easten delis)

  • 50mls pomegranate molasses

  • 2 cloves garlic (finely grated)

  • 50mls honey

  • Water

  • Garnish:

  • Rough chopped parsley

  • Yoghurt

  • Chopped dried fruit

  • Toasted pine nuts


  • 1.

    Mix flour. Ras-el-Hanout spice and salt together thoroughly. Flour shanks, reserving remaining flour mixture for sauce. Heat oil in frying pan. Brown shanks on high heat on all sides and bottom. Store shanks for later.

  • 2.

    Heat olive oil and fry sliced onion until golden. Add remaining flour mixture from shanks and fry for few minutes to create a roux-like mixture. Add all sauce ingredients (apart from honey) together in a slow cooker. Add shanks and enough water to almost cover. Stir gently to combine. Bring to boil on highest level of cooker and then cook on medium heat for 6-8 hours (at Taboon we do this overnight in our stone oven!). Remove shanks from sauce, add honey and check for seasoning.

  • 3.

    Serve individually on rice or couscous with a generous amount of sauce. Top with a spoon of yoghurt and garnish with parsley, dried fruit, pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil.

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