Roasted Kūmara with Curried Mint Yoghurt

Recipe by Alby Hailes


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  • Quick onion pickle:

  • • ½ lemon

  • • ½ medium red onion, sliced thinly

  • • 1 tbsp chopped mint

  • • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • Roasted kūmara:

  • • 3 medium orange kūmara (approx.350 g each),scrubbed

  • • 4 tbsp olive oil

  • • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

  • • ½ tsp sea salt

  • • ½ tsp cracked black pepper

  • • 75 g pecans

  • • finely grated zest of ½ lemon, to serve

  • Curried mint yoghurt:

  • • 200 g Greek-style coconut yoghurt

  • • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • • 1 ½ tsp curry powder

  • • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • • Juice of ½ lemon

  • • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • • 2 tbsp chopped mint, extra to serve

  • • sea salt, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (or 210°C fan-forced).
  • For the quick onion pickle, finely grate the zest of the lemon half into a medium bowl. Place a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, place the half lemon, cut side facing down, into the pan and cook until the cut side is starting to blacken. Squeeze the juice from the
  • lemon into the bowl with the zest. Add the sliced red onion, chopped mint and sea salt. Set aside to pickle as you make the kūmara.
  • For the kūmara, slice the kūmara lengthways into quarters. Place in a large roasting dish, cut sides facing upwards. Drizzle with the oil to generously coat, and sprinkle with the cinnamon, cayenne pepper, sea salt and pepper. Cover the roasting dish with aluminium foil and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, flip the kūmara upside down so the skins are facing upwards.
  • Roast for further 20 minutes. Scatter the pecans around the kūmara and roast for a final 10 minutes, until the kūmara are cooked through, with a knife easily piercing through the flesh, and the nuts are golden. Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes. On a board, roughly chop the roasted pecans.
  • For the yoghurt, in a medium bowl whisk together the ingredients and season to taste.
  • To serve, spoon half the yoghurt onto the base of a serving platter and spread out with the back of a spoon. Layer the roasted kūmara on top, cut side facing upwards. Spoon over the remaining yoghurt, top with the pickled onions, then sprinkle with the chopped pecans, lemon zest, and extra chopped mint. Serve warm.

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