Lamb shanks are flavorful and easy to find, but can be small. To feed a larger crowd, ask your butcher for a bone-in leg of lamb or try a boneless leg of lamb. If using a larger cut of meat, double the spices and increase the cooking time at 350°F.
A spice blend used in Moroccan cuisine, ras el hanout means "top of the shop" and, in Morocco, the blend varies according to the taste of the spice vendor. Look for it in the spice section of your grocery store or online.
Grains of paradise, aka melegueta pepper (and not to be confused with malagueta pepper, which is a chile), is native to West Africa and is related to cardamom. It has a strong, peppery flavor with hints of citrus. Look for it at African markets or online.
228 calories; fat 8g; cholesterol 104mg; sodium 670mg; carbohydrates 3g; protein 34g; sugars 1g; niacin equivalents 8mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 32IU; potassium 454mg.