1 Preheat the oven to 150°C (130° fan) 300°F gas 2.
2 Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the lamb shanks on all sides.
3 Place in a large casserole dish with the onions, garlic, spices, dates, tomatoes and enough stock to just cover the meat.
4 Cover and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours until the meat is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5 Garnish with thyme sprigs and chopped coriander.