Moroccan lamb shank with coriander yoghurt

Freshly made masala adds something special to this version that will have everyone coming back for more.
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Recipe from: 16 september 2015
Preparation time: 35 min
Cooking time: 2h


  • 4
    lamb shanks
  • olive oil, for frying
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 250
    beef stock
  • 250
    red wine
  • 3-5
    ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled and chopped
  • finely grated zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1
    small bunch rosemary
  • 5
    green masala
  • soft mealie-meal porridge, to serve
  • 200
    thick, plain yoghurt
  • 1
    small bunch coriander, chopped
  • juice of 1 small lemon
Servings: Change Serving



Preheat oven to 160°C.

Green Masala:

Blend 50g green chillies, 30g fresh ginger, 30g fresh garlic, 2ml turmeric and 45ml vegetable oil to form a paste, which can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Season the lamb with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof pan and brown the meat all over. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and cook until golden.

Add the stock, wine, tomatoes, lemon zest, rosemary and masala, then return the shanks to the pan. Nestle them in the liquid and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid or heavy foil and bake in a preheated oven for two hours until the meat is very tender. Ensure that you turn the meat from time to time so that it cooks evenly.

The cooking time will depend on the size of the shanks.

Text and image: Ideas magazine

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