Kuzu Tandir - Turkish slow-cooked lamb
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins

Kuzu Tandir is a slow cooked lamb dish traditionally made in a Tandir (tandoor) oven. But this can also be made in the oven or on a stove. It falls of the bone and melts in your mouth. Best enjoyed with Turkish Pilaf. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 4
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 kg lamb shanks (or leg of lamb)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, salt and thyme.

  2. Pour over lamb and rub all over.

  3. Heat pot and sear lamb, 1 minute on each side until slightly brown.

  4. Add bay leaves, garlic cloves and water. Stir to combine.

  5. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours.

  6. Remove meat from pot into bowl and pull meat apart with tongs or two forks.

  7. Enjoy warm with pilaf!

Nutrition Facts
Kuzu Tandir - Turkish slow-cooked lamb
Amount Per Serving (200 g)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 664mg 28%
Potassium 254mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.