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Spiced Mutton Shanks

Mutton Serves 4

This Ramadan AHDB & Shazans have been tasked to provide Iftar meals for the presenters at British Muslim TV, they have enlisted the help of Mr Tee and halal hangouts and their head chef Gregg to deliver 30 different recipes that you can try at home.

The recipes cover all ranges of occasions from hosting a meal for friends and family to quick recipes for those last minute Iftars. Using Lamb, Chicken and Beef from the British isles, prepared by Chef Gregg giving all recipes a British twist.

We will be preparing amazing dishes from around the world to ignite your creativity, tantalise your taste buds and get you cooking this ramadan. Whats more is we will be serving these up to the team at BMTV to keep them powered up well into the night.

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  • Preparation 20 minutes, plus marinating time
  • Cooking time: 2-3 hours


4 whole mutton or lamb shanks

2 tablespoons ras el hanout or:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Pinch of saffron threads

Zest and juice of 2 limes

2 teaspoons rosewater

2 tablespoons oil

1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped

600ml hot chicken stock

Zest of 1 orange

Fresh thyme sprigs

2 fresh bay leaves

1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained

2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint leaves, to garnish

2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley, to garnish


  1. In a large plastic food bag mix the spices (except the saffron) with a little salt. Add the mutton or lamb shanks, coat well, seal and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour or, if time allows, overnight.
  2. Put the saffron threads in a small bowl with the lime zest and juice, rosewater and 100ml warm water. Set aside to infuse for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large flameproof pot over a medium heat. Add the shanks (two at a time) and cook for 5 minutes, or until nicely browned all over. Remove and set aside on a plate, then brown the remaining shanks.
  4. Add the onions to the pot and cook under a moderate heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft and lightly coloured. Add stock, saffron mixture, half the orange zest, thyme and bay leaves.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160°C Fan, Gas Mark 4.
  6. Return the shanks to the pot, bring to the boil, turn off the heat and cover.
  7. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook for 2-3 hours or until the meat falls away from the bone. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time add the chickpeas and continue to cook.
  8. Garnish with the herbs and the remaining orange zest. Serve with basmati rice or flatbreads and either a tomato and red onion salad or seasonal vegetables.

Meat can bought at Shazans counters operating by Shazans Fresh Halal Market in select Tesco stores & Shazans Select in Morrisons. Or alternatively, Shazans pre-pack available at most retailers.

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