Middle Eastern Lamb Shanks with Herbed Couscous

Middle Eastern Lamb Shanks with Herbed Couscous

2 tbsp olive oil
4 trimmed Lamb shanks
1 onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups chicken stock
2 cinnamon sticks
2-3 strips orange rind
8 fresh dates, pitted
½ cup coriander leaves, chopped
Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Yoghurt, harissa and toasted flaked almonds, for serving
1 ½ cups couscous
1 ½ cups boiling water
1 tbsp olive oil
½ cup parsley leaves, chopped
¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped

Pre-heat oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced).

Heat half the oil in a large pan and add shanks cooking over a medium-high heat until seared all over. Set aside. Wipe pan out if required.

Heat remaining oil and cook the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes until tender. Stir in spices and cook until fragrant. Add tomato paste and cook a further minute.

Pour the stock into the pot with the lamb shanks and cinnamon sticks, bring to the boil, cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 hour, then add the orange and dates to the pot. Return to the oven a further hour, or until lamb is easily pulled away from the bone.

Remove shanks from the pot and place pot over a cooktop and rapidly boil for 3-4 minutes to reduce liquid slightly. Return shanks to the pot, stir in coriander and season to taste.

Meanwhile; place couscous into a large bowl and pour over the boiling water with the oil. Stir and allow to sit covered for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped herbs and season to taste. Serve lamb shanks with couscous, yoghurt, harissa and flaked almonds.

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