Spiced Shredded Lamb Spiced Shredded Lamb

Spiced Shredded Lamb

A slow cooked whole shoulder of lamb combined with a jar of prepared curry paste, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock and chick peas then cooked until meltingly tender and `pulled' until the meat falls away from the bone. A perfect platter for a lamb adventure and sharing.

prep time
10 mins

cook time
4 hours

8 people

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  • Salt



  • 1.8kg whole shoulder of lamb
  • 1 x 125g curry paste of your choice (we used madras)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml good, hot lamb or vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • Freshly chopped mint and coriander leaves, to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, 140°C Fan, Gas Mark 3.
  2. Put the curry paste, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and stock in a large non-stick roasting tin, approximately 40 x 30cm. Stir well.
  3. Place the lamb on a chopping board and make several slits over the surface with a sharp knife. Season on both sides and transfer to the roasting tin. Spoon over the curry mixture.
  4. Cover with baking parchment then foil and roast for 4 hours, turning occasionally. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the chickpeas and continue to cook uncovered.
  5. Remove the joint from the tin, transfer onto a chopping board and ‘pull’ the cooked lamb apart by securing with a fork and shredding meat with a second fork.
  6. Return the meat to the sauce, garnish with the herbs and serve with warm flat breads or naans, a selection of relishes and salad.


If preferred, try this recipe with half a shoulder or whole leg of lamb.