Food is an integral part of Moroccan culture. Moroccans believe in sticking to their roots while recreating each traditional recipe as food binds the entire community together. Every Moroccan dish is a reflection of the country’s deep love for all things flavourful.
Moroccan lamb shanks recipe uses a leaner cut of lamb called the shank. Though the shank has a thin layer of fat, it is full of connective tissues hence, needs to be slow-cooked. This process of cooking tenderises the meat and allows all the exciting flavour combinations to penetrate through.
You need the following flavouring agents to replicate an exquisitely authentic and famous Moroccan lamb shanks:
Heady Ground Spice Mix
To enhance the flavours of this Moroccan delicacy, ground cumin, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, and paprika are used in moderation. All these aromatic spices work well with lamb. They do not just lend their unique characteristic to the recipe while imparting intoxicating aromas but also leave a delightful after taste on your palate. In our recipe, we use our Moroccan Ras El Hanout Spice Blend.
Exotic Cinnamon Sticks
Found both in whole and powdered forms, cinnamon is a versatile spice which adds depths of flavours wherever incorporated. This particular recipe uses whole cinnamon sticks to extract their maximum goodness. Cinnamon is not just limited to use in savoury dishes but also elevates beverages and sweet preparations. In addition to their distinct aroma, cinnamon boasts of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
After peeling the outer skin, finely julienne, slice or chop fresh ginger to add a mild amount of heat to this Moroccan specialty. Ginger has medicinal properties and is an integral component of several forms of alternative medicine. When consumed directly, it can give you quite a kick owing to its pungent taste. Ground ginger is also often used to soothe an upset tummy as well as to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Staple Garlic Cloves
Thanks to its distinctive strong flavour, garlic forms an integral base for many recipes from across the globe. During the cooking process, the pungency present in the garlic cloves mellows to quite an extent. When left in its whole form, garlic even tastes sweet at the end of the cook. Chopped garlic when fried alone tends to burn easily. To prevent this from happening, quickly add the remaining ingredients.
For that extra bite and crunch, carrots are cut into thick slices and added towards the end while cooking Moroccan lamb shanks. This vegetable is fit for daily consumption as it is rich in minerals, fibre, and vitamins. It also pairs well with lamb, raising the nutritional quotient of this recipe.
Prepare this intricately textured Moroccan lamb shanks recipe on special occasions and relish it with your loved ones.