braised curried american lamb shank

Braised Curried American Lamb Shank with Yucca

braised curried american lamb shank
braised curried american lamb shank

Braised Curried American Lamb Shank with Yucca


February 20, 2016

  • Yields: 12 servings


12 American Lamb shanks, whole

To Taste Sea salt

3 tbsp Peanut oil

3 Yellow onions, peeled, minced

6 tbsp Fresh ginger, peeled, finely minced

1 Head of Fresh garlic, peeled, minced

3 Jalapeños, seeded, finely minced

3 tbsp Coriander, ground

1 tbsp Curry powder

1 tsp Cinnamon, ground

1 1/2 quarts Water or lamb stock

3 cups Yogurt, plain

2 lbs Yucca, peeled, diced into 1/2-inch cubes

2 lbs Sweet potatoes, Red Garnett or regular orange

Garnish Fresh mint, cut into narrow strips


1Season the lamb with sea salt. In a heavy-bottomed braising pan, heat the oil. Brown lamb shanks deeply on all sides, turning occasionally. Work in batches to avoid over-crowding the pan. Once the lamb is caramelized on all sides, set aside.

2Blend the onions, ginger, garlic and jalapeños until a smooth consistency is reached. In a separate container, mix the coriander, curry powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

3Using the same pan over medium heat, add the onion-garlic paste; allow to cook just until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in spice mixture; simmer for an additional 20 seconds. Add the water or lamb stock. Increase heat to medium-high, bringing mixture to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Temper the yogurt into the braising liquid by gradually whisking it in until combined with the sauce.

4Return lamb shanks to the pan; cover and simmer very gently until the lamb is fork-tender, about 2 hours. Check and stir frequently so as not to burn the pan. Add the yucca and sweet potatoes during the last 15 minutes and cook until tender.

5Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt. Garnish with fresh mint.

Recipe and image provided by the American Lamb Board


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