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Braised Curried Lamb Shank with Yucca

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Servings: 12
Awaken your palate with a medley of flavors from across Latin America in this delightful lamb dish.


  • 12 whole American lamb shanks
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3 Tbs peanut oil
  • 3 yellow onions, peeled, minced
  • 6 Tbs fresh ginger, peeled, finely minced
  • 1 head fresh garlic, peeled, minced
  • 3 jalapenos, seeded, finely minced
  • 3 Tbs coriander, ground
  • 1 Tbs 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
  • fresh mint, cut into narrow strips garnish


  • Season 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.
  • Blend the onions, ginger, garlic and jalapenos until a smooth consistency is reached. In a separate container, mix the coriander, curry powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Using 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.
  • Return 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.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt. Garnish with fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 450
  Calories from Fat 126 (28%)
(22%)Total Fat 14g
(19%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(38%)Cholesterol 113mg
(11%)Sodium 260mg
(35%)Potassium 1221mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
(23%)Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 7g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(82%)Protein 41g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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