Lamb Shank, Fennel and Vegetable Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 lamb shanks (about 1 kilo)
- 1 coarsely chopped brown onion
- 2 small fennel bulbs
- 2 medium carrots
- 4 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 small fresh chillies
- 2 tsp each of ground cumin, ground coriander
- 1 tsp each of cinnamon, caraway seeds
- Pinch of saffron
- 6 c water
- 2 c beef stock
- 400 g tinned tomatoes
- 400 g canned chickpeas
- ¾ c frozen peas
- Fresh coriander leaves
Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and brown the lamb shanks before placing them in a 4.5 litre slow cooker.
Heat the remaining oil and cook the fennel, carrot, garlic, and chilli until soft and then add in the spices cook until fragrant.
Add the vegetables and spices to the slow cooker with the water, beef stock, tomatoes and chickpeas and cook covered on low for 10 hours.
Remove the lamb shanks from the cooker and remove the meat from the bones. Shred the meat and return this to the crock pot adding in the peas, and seasoning to taste. Garnish with fresh coriander.