Aromatic Lamb Shanks

This is a full-on no-holds-barred, meat-eater’s paradise, with the added nutritional benefit of being slightly sweet and spicy. Lets call it Aromatic Lamb Shanks. And, horror, this creation requires the drinking of red wine, which is not good news.

Red wine – so dark you can hardly see it

I like things that take hours to cook – it lets you get on with all the other chores round the house – or it lets you watch back-to-back episodes of the Simpsons. Whatever takes your fancy. This dish takes about 3 hrs start to finish.


  • 2 Lamb Shanks
  • 2 Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spices – cumin and coriander seeds (ground up), 1/2 cinnamon stick and a teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • Can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 litre of chicken stock
  • Olive oil
  • Molasses syrup
  • 4 dried apricots and 4 dried figs
  • fresh chopped coriander to serve


Put your fez on and get down with the aroma of North Africa (I reckon kind of Morocco area). Brown the shanks in olive oil in a cast iron pot.

Meanwhile crush your coriander and cumin seeds. If you don’t have a pestal and mortar (if you do it may well be covered with a kind of dust/grease combo on top of a cupboard somewhere), then improvise thus:

Now set the shanks aside and fry all the spicy stuff with chopped onion and garlic. Your kitchen will smell like the local Taj Take-away in no time:

Pour in the tomatoes and stock and stick the shanks back in, cover and put in the oven for 2 hours, turning the meat every now and then. Your creation should look like this:

Now add the fruits, molasses. Stir in and put back in the oven uncovered for another 30 minutes or so. Meanwhile prepare some potatoes, carrots and parsnips to roast (coat in olive oil and salt) and put in the oven:

Take the lamb out and remove from the pan. Does it look as delicious and mouthwatering as this?

Cover in foil to keep warm. Now boil down the sauce (add some red wine).

Boil that bad boy down baby!

Now plate it up with a good sprinkle of coriander:

This is so tasty I ate two of them (well the wife is vegetarian – what did she have? Wait for the next post….)

7 thoughts on “Aromatic Lamb Shanks

  1. What the? Are you a chef? I swear you have been reading my mind. I had better step on it and pump out the flogs (food blogs). Am really busy now though, perhaps in December. And I am warning you now, I have square plates too, they are black 🙂 I am not a chef, just a working mum who loves cooking, and blogging, and etc etc

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