Lamb Shanks with Indian Spice

Slow-cooked in vibrant Indian spices with fresh chilli

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare
  • 150 mins to cook
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Goes well with flatbreads, Indian-style chutney and green chilli or coriander


  • 4 Quality Mark lamb shanks
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 ½ 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove from the oven and strain sauce into a wide saucepan. Bring sauce to the boil. Pour sauce over the shanks before serving. 
  7. Serve with flatbreads, Indian-style chutney and finish with a little green chilli and coriander. Green beans are good here too.


  • We’ve suggested flatbread for this recipe but you can switch it up to your favourite naan bread or rice.
  • Slow cooker - Lamb shanks can be cooked in the slow cooker on low for 8-9 hours. Remove any excess fat from the sauce before serving.
  • An excellent source of protein, this dish will keep you feeling full for longer.


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