Diversity Week Recipe: Crockpot Lamb Shank By Suranjana Reema Basu

One Los Alamos is sharing recipes during Diversity Week. Pictured is a Crockpot Lamb Shank meal from the kitchen of Suranjana Reema Basu who is originally from India and moved to Los Alamos with her husband Ayan Biswas with their two-year-old daughter, Aadhira. Suranjana is the Human Resources Director for Santa Clara Pueblo. In her free time, she likes to cook, sing, travel, and meet new people. Courtesy photo

Crockpot Lamb Shank – One-Pot Meal

If you are looking for an easy but delicious crockpot dinner idea, then this crockpot lamb shank/one-pot meal is for you. It is a perfect weeknight meal you can make with little effort the morning of and you can even prep the night before. You can also play with adding different vegetables. This recipe can be enjoyed as a curry or you can also add rice and make it into a one-pot meal.  


Lamb Shanks: 2 
Spices: Salt (as per your taste), Black Pepper (1tsp), Paprika(1tsp) or as per your taste,  Turmeric Powder (1tsp), Garlic Powder(1tbsp), Onion Powder (1tbsp), Cumin Powder (1tbsp), Coriander Powder (1tbsp).  
Vegetables: Onion (1), Garlic Cloves (5 to 6), Celery, Carrots, Potatoes, and Tomatoes.
Braising Liquid: Vegetable broth.  

How To Cook Lamb Shanks:

Marinate the shanks overnight with all the above-mentioned spices and Greek yogurt.  

In a pot, heat a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Add in the shanks and brown on all sides.  Remove from the pot and set aside for the time being. In the empty pot, add chopped onion and the minced garlic cloves. Fry until the raw smell goes away. Then add in the chopped vegetables (celery, carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes). Cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.  

Place the browned lamb shanks at the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the cooked onion and garlic along with the vegetables. Now add the vegetable broth. Top with butter (optional). Cover the crockpot and cook the lamb shanks for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Serve hot with rice. 

A tasty dish cooked in one pot. Courtesy photo

Optional Step:  You can remove the lamb shanks from the crockpot and add rice to the soup. The rice to soup ratio is 1:1. If you add one cup of rice, you need to have one cup of the remaining soup. Cook it for 40 minutes on high. It will make it a one-pot meal.