Life’s a Feast: Fusion lamb shanks


Once considered something you would only feed sheep dogs on farms across New Zealand, lamb shanks are now a staple in many households and restaurants. They’re almost a NZ icon. With so many flavours they can be paired with, once slow-cooked, this meat is comfort food at its best. This recipe is extremely simple and contains only basic spices – so should be an accessible recipe for all to try. With a subtle taste of India, fused with a Kiwi classic lamb, this is a must-try recipe. Enjoy!



4 lamb shanks
2 medium onions, grated
2 heaped tablespoons grated ginger
5 cloves garlic
5 cardamom pods, bruised (or teaspoon ground cardamom)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garamasala
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (or 2 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon hot chilli powder (depending on how hot you like it)
300ml beef stock
1 can chopped tomatoes
4 tablespoons yoghurt
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt (more if need be, taste before adding)
Olive oil


1. Pre-heat the oven to 140degC.
2. Season your shanks with salt and pepper. Heat a medium-sized pan to a high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and brown each shank for 2 minutes or so on each side until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Take the same pan and add more oil, about 2-3 tablespoons. Add onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 3-4 mins, until softened.
4. Add cardamom, coriander garamasala, cloves, cumin and chilli powder and combine and cook until aromatic – about 2-3 mins.
5. Next pour in your stock and tomatoes and lift all the goodness off the bottom of the pan.
6. Pour into an oven-proof dish (with a lid) and add shanks. Cook covered for 3 hours. I gently turned mine halfway through.
7. Once finished, stir through the yoghurt and lemon juice and add salt to taste. Serve immediately with rice or naan bread. Enjoy!
NB: If your sauce is too thin once cooked, simply throw it in a pot and reduce a little.