Persian Braised Lamb Shanks

Oven braised Persian style lamb shanks flavored with  tomatoes, eggplant, and Middle Eastern  spice make a comforting autumn supper, served with sumac seasoned  basmati rice.

Persian Braised Lamb Shanks

Persian Braised Lamb Shanks

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for a  Persian (Iranian) style of oven braised lamb shank which  includes some vegetable and sauce.  This is perfect to serve along with  steamed basmati  rice for a comforting  autumn supper.

Persian Braised Lamb Shanks

Persian food is one of my favorite cuisines, as a very  close friend of mine from the  1970’s encouraged me to learn how to  cook  that as he thought I would appreciate it and he was right.  I also discovered  my deep love for lamb,  as my family  up to that point didn’t really eat that.

New Foods, New Flavors, New Loves

It was a whole new world of flavor opening up for me, one which I think shaped some of my culinary preferences for today.

Plus I am insanely fond of  rice and different foods that are served with it. The sumak sprinkle on top of this is marvellous- it  has a lemony,  slightly chili-powderish character that is fantastic.

If you are looking for a food that evokes a flavor of autumn (besides things like apples and pumpkins) lamb is the perfect choice. Make it for your  weekend dinner early in the afternoon and have it ready without a lot of fuss. Simply serve something  like a salad to go with,  perhaps some yogurt as well.

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Persian Braised Lamb  Shanks

Persian Lamb Shanks

Sue Lau
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 2 large onions sliced into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2.5-3 pounds lamb shanks
  • 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes canned
  • 2 Japanese eggplant sliced
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped


  • Saute onions and brown shanks in oil.
  • Place in an oval roaster with remaining ingredients and brase, covered in a 350F oven for 3 hours.
  • Serve with rice.


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