Pot-roasted harissa and vegetable lamb shanks

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Harissa and vegetable lamb shanks
Harissa and vegetable lamb shanks
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe This delicious take on lamb is a must try for something new this week. With ground cumin and harissa paste to add a spicy kick to the meat, this lamb dish is full of flavor and makes a great alternative to your usual lamb recipe. Harissa is a North African hot chilli pepper paste made of roasted red peppers, hot chilli peppers, garlic and herbs and gives the lamb shanks a really spicy flavour. Cooked in a pot with chicken stock, chopped tomatoes and chick peas, the meat becomes really tender along with the carrots. Serve this dish up with couscous and a sprinkle of coriander. This dish serves four, so its a great one to try for your next dinner party.


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1tbsp ground coriander
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2tbsp harissa paste
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 500g carrots, cut into sticks
  • 200g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • Coriander leaves, to serve


  1. To make this lamb recipe, heat the oven to 160C or Gas Mark 3. Season the lamb shanks with salt and ground black pepper, then sprinkle over the cumin and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, flameproof casserole and add the lamb shanks. Cook for 10 mins, turning to brown all over.
  3. Add the red onions and cook for a few mins. Stir in the harissa paste, chicken stock, the carrots and canned tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  4. Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 2 hours, until the meat is tender
  5. 5 Add the chickpeas and warm through on the hob for a few mins. Sprinkle with coriander. Serve with couscous, if you like.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 750(kcal)
  • Fat 37.0g
  • Saturates 15.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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