Kouzi Ala Timman

Kouzi Al Timman is a popular Iraqi recipe. The lamb is so tender that the meat actually falls off the bones. You know you have made perfect lamb when it falls from the bone. The Middle Eastern spices and tomato go wonderfully well with lamb.Serve this dish with rice and vegetables for a authentic dinner.

6 small lamb shanks
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon baharat spice
1/2 teaspoon  turmeric
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon  tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 dried lime
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Rinse the lamb shanks in cold water, dry and place in oven proof dish. In a pan, fry onions in olive oil until tender. Add garlic, baharat and turmeric. Fry for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water, tomato paste, bay leaf, dried lime, salt and pepper.

2. Bring to a full boil then reduce to low for 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 F, pour sauce over shanks, cover with foil and cook in the oven for 3 hours (make sure liquid covers lamb, if not add more water).

Yields: 3-4 servings

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