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Laban Emmo (Shakriye)

April 24, 2020

A delicious Lebanese staple dish. We usually order it but i thought i’d try making it and it turned out perfect.

Laban Emmo

Lebanese deliciousness
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 4 People


  • Pressure cooker preferably


  • 1 kg lamb shanks on bones or no bones
  • 5 medium sized onions sliced
  • 6 small onions peeled and kept whole
  • 1.5 kg full fat yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch chopped coriander
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter separates
  • 4 tbsp olive oil separated
  • 2 tsp cinnamon Powder
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp salt or more, to taste


  • Heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in a pressure cooker. You can use a regular pot but it’ll take double the time to cook the meat
  • Add the onions both sliced and whole and fry until tender
  • Add the meat, salt, and the spices, brown the meat on each side for 3-5 mins
  • Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and water
  • Let it come to a boil and close the pressure cooker. Cook for 40-45 min
  • While meat cooks, strain yogurt into a large pot
  • Add the egg and the cornstarch and turn on the heat on low
  • Keep stirring (might take a while) until yogurt starts to bubble. Do not stop stirring
  • Once yogurt bubbles, turn heat off
  • In a pan, fry the garlic for 2-3 min in 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Add the coriander and fry for another 3-5 mins
  • Keep the mixture aside
  • Once meat is done, remove the meat and set aside. Discard the bay leaves, cinnamon stick and cloves
  • Start by adding one ladle at a time to the yogurt, until the mixture thins but isn’t soupy. I added around 3 ladles
  • Add the coriander mixture to the yogurt with it’s oil
  • Add the meat and turn on the heat on low, let it bubble once and turn off
  • Serve with vermicelli rice on the side


You can skip the garlic coriander mix and instead fry 1/2 cup of pine nuts and add them to the yogurt mixture 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Sireen Jannoun September 29, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Looks great, will try it

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