Indian-Spiced Coastal Lamb Shanks

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Prep timePrep: 20 mins

Cook timeCooking Time: 2 hours 30 mins

ServesServes: 4

Lamb shanks, often slow roasted and served in a thick gravy, are given a different twist in this recipe. Here they are cooked slowly in a mix of vibrant Indian spices with a dash of fresh chilli for an extra kick.



  • 4 Coastal Lamb shanks
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cups natural unsweetened Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or more to taste)
  • 5cm cinnamon stick


To serve

  • flatbreads
  • Indian-style chutney
  • sliced green chilli
  • fresh coriander sprigs
  • green beans


Preheat the oven to 160°C.



Place the garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, black pepper and cardamom in a small bowl and mix to a paste with a little vegetable oil. Rub into the lamb shanks.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a dash of oil. Place in the lamb shanks and brown on both sides, then transfer to a casserole dish that fits the lamb shanks comfortably.

Pour the yoghurt and stock into the frying pan and bring to the boil. Pour over the shanks. Add the green chilli and cinnamon and cover with the lid or tin foil.

Place in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours until the meat is almost falling off the bone. Turn shanks from time to time and season as required.

Remove from the oven and strain sauce into a wide saucepan. Bring sauce to the boil. Pour sauce over the shanks before serving.


To serve

Serve with flatbreads, Indian-style chutney and finish with a little green chilli and coriander. Green beans are good here too.