Khouzi Ala Timman (Iraqi Lamb Shanks and Rice) (Gluten-Free)

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 0 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

Very good scaled-down version of the Arab Iraqi specialty of A Whole Lamb stuffed with rice. Adapted from The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos. Serve with Iraqi Rice (Timman) with or without using stock.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse lamb shanks and place in a large pot with cold water to just cover the meat.
  2. Add the noomi or lemon rind and bring slowly to a boil, skimming as required.
  3. In another pan gently fry the onion in the olive oil until transparent.
  4. Then add the bahrat & turmeric and fry for a further one minute.
  5. Add tomatoes, approximately 1 1/2 tsp salt and some pepper to taste and raisins if using.
  6. When lamb shank liquid is well skimmed and simmering, add the tomato mixture.
  7. Cover and simmer gently for 1 1/2-2 hours until meat is very tender. Towards the end of cooking, place the lid on an angle so that the liquid can reduce to a thick sauce and sqeeze the optional lemon.
  8. Arrange lamb shanks on a bed of Timman >>> Recipe #366129 pour over sauce and serve with a salad and khoubiz (flat bread).
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I left out the sugar but followed the recipe exactly. This was sooo good. We eat quite a lot of lamb here in Iceland so i loved this method of cooking them. We had oven baked potatoes with it and sour cream. We did not have the sauce with it but i will make it next time. Made for Ramadan Tag Game 2009

Iceland August 25, 2009