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Turmeric Lamb Shanks
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Smothered and cooked in a yoghurt-based sauce, these Turmeric Lamb Shanks are packed with flavour, health benefits and just all-round comfort-food-goodness.
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 2 people
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds {toasted}
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds {toasted}
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger
  • 2 thumb-sized piece fresh turmeric
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 2 cups double cream plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  1. Make a paste with the cumin seeds, coriander, garlic, ginger & turmeric. I like to use a mortar & pestle for a mini arm-workout...
  2. Mix the spice paste with the yoghurt, salt & pepper.
  3. Place the lamb shanks in a plastic bag, add the marinade and seal tightly so all the meat is covered and airtight. Marinade for an hour at least, or ideally, overnight.
  4. When you're ready to cook it, heat the oven to 160C.
  5. Place the lamb shanks, along with all the marinade, in a suitable size cast iron pot with a lid. Add the white wine, place the lid on and cook for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours, remove the lid, switch on your oven's grill setting and grill for 10-15 minutes to give the shanks a golden brown colour.