Although not “officially” a Jewish recipe, lamb shanks long have been popular with traditional Jewish cooks. What makes this recipe more interesting than the usual comfort-food variety is the addition of black bean garlic sauce, a pungent and thoroughly delicious sauce available at all Asian markets and also 5-spice powder, a richly aromatic seasoning which adds an additional layer of flavor.
This lamb shank recipe is mostly of Moroccan origin. However, it has a few surprises. The addition of Chinese five spice seasoning adds some complexity and the use of Israeli pearl couscous makes the disk less grainy than traditional couscous dishes. The little apricot pieces add both color and a pleasant sweetness which enhances the lamb’s flavor.