Indian Spiced Braised Lamb Shank
Cuisine: Indian
Recipe type: Meat & Chicken
Serves: 4

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  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 14oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups dry red wine
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 3 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup mint for garnish
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. In an enameled cast-iron casserole, heat vegetable oil. Season lamb liberally with salt and pepper, cook over medium high heat until browned, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer lamb to bowl and set aside.
  2. Add chopped onions to the casserole and cook over moderate heat until softened, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and red wine, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and all of the spices (cloves, coriander, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon stick), bring to a boil again. Add the lamb and cover with lid.
  3. Braise in the oven for 2.5 hours, turning once halfway through.
  4. Remove from oven, transfer shanks to a bowl. Strain braising liquid into a large skillet and boil until the liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  5. Add the lamb to the skillet, and cook on medium-low heat, turning a couple of times until the meat is heated through, 5 minutes.
  6. Place the shanks and sauce into shallow bowls over your favorite side dish. Garnish with mint and serve.Indian Spiced Braised Lamb Shank


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