You’ll need to begin this Middle eastern lamb fatteh recipe the day before.
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to deep-fry
4 (about 1kg) lamb shanks
2 cinnamon quills
1 tsp each whole allspice, cardamom and white peppercorns
20 parsley stalks
2½ onions, quartered
1 small head of garlic, halved widthways
100 gm (½ cup) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water, drained
1 piece Lebanese bread, split in two and cut into small triangles
¼ cup thinly sliced parsley
1 tsp ground sumac
1 tbsp each pine nuts and flaked almonds, toasted in olive oil
1 tbsp ghee, melted
280 gm (1 cup) natural yoghurt
1 clove garlic, pounded to a paste with a pinch of salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 180C. Heat olive oil in a large casserole, add lamb and cook over high heat for 3-4 minutes, turning until browned. Add 1 cinnamon quill, allspice, cardamom, white pepper, parsley stalks, 8 onion quarters and garlic, cover with 1½ litres water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 2½ hours or until meat falls from the bone. Remove meat from bone and set aside. Strain stock and reserve, discarding solids.
- Combine chickpeas, cinnamon and remaining onion in a large saucepan, cover with water and simmer over medium-high heat for 20-30 minutes or until chickpeas are tender. Drain, reserve chickpeas and discard cinnamon and onion.
- For yoghurt sauce, combine all ingredients and season to taste with sea salt.
- Heat extra oil in a large, deep, saucepan or deep-fryer to 180C. Add Lebanese bread, and deep-fry in batches for 30 seconds or until golden, remove and drain on an absorbent paper-lined plate.
- Increase oven to 220C. Combine lamb and chickpeas in an ovenproof baking dish, add ½ cup reserved stock and cook for 10 minutes or until hot. To serve, top lamb with bread, drizzle with yoghurt sauce, scatter with parsley, sumac, nuts and ghee.
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