Lamb Shoulder with Pumpkin & Black Sesame Yoghurt

Nelly Robinson's Lamb Shoulder with Mint, Pumpkin, Chargrilled Broccolini and Black Sesame Yoghurt is a classic roast fit for any special occasion.

  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time 30 mins
  • Cooking Time 240mins
Lamb Shoulder with Pumpkin & Black Sesame Yoghurt


  • Serves 4

Lamb shoulder

Pumpkin mash

Roast sweet potatoes

Chargrilled broccolini

Black sesame yoghurt

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  1. Set oven to 155 C. In a blender, add the mint, rosemary, salt and oil. Blend to a paste. Rub on the lamb and place in a deep tray. Pour the water and stock into the tray and place in the over for 3-4 hours, until the meat falls from the bone.
  2. In a small pan roast the black sesame seeds, being careful not to burn them, remove from the pan and cool. Once cooled, place them in a blender, add honey and blitz until smooth. Combine the yoghurt, lemon and salt in a bowl and add the blended paste. Set-aside until serving.
  3. In a pot, add a little oil and heat. Add the shallot, garlicand pumpkin and cook on a medium heat for 2-3 mins, making sure noy to add any colour. Add the thyme and cook for another 1-2 mins. Add the stock and milk and cook slowly for 10 mins. Once cooked, drain excess liquid off and mash. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place the sweet potato in a pot of salted water and boil until just cooked. Drain the water and shake the pot to give the sweet potato some rough edges that will crisp nicely when roasted. Place in a deep tray with the oil, garlic and rosemary and put in the oven at 230 C for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for another 10 mins until crispy.  
  5. While the sweet potato is cooking, put a pot of salted water on the stove and bring to the boil. Place the broccolini in and cook for 3 mins then run under cold water to stop them cooking. To chargrill, cook the broccolini either on the BBQ or in a pan on high for 8-10 mins, turning occasionally until charred and tender. Pour some olive oil over and toss in a bowl with salt to serve.


  1. For a quick and easy alternative to the black sesame yoghurt, you can use a good quality Greek yoghurt and stir in some honey, lemon and salt.
  2. To save time on the pumpkin mash, put the pumpkin, stock and milk in a pot for 15 minutes then mash and season.