Loaded Labaneh

this is a delicious summer lunch and a stunning vegetarian side to a larger meal. traditionally we deep fry this, but you can also roast in the oven- both instructions are given below.

ingredients

1-2 KG natural yoghurt (hung in the morning to make Labaneh)

1 courgette, cut into 1cm sticks

1 aubergine, cut into 1 cm discs

½ cauliflower, florets separated

1 carrot, cut into thin battons

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Small handful of walnuts, finely chopped

Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped

Few sprigs of fresh mint, torn

½ lemon

Handful of almonds, toasted

seeds from 1/4 pomegranate

Small handful of pine nuts, toasted

Glugs of extra virgin olive oil

method

on the morning of the day you want to make this dish, hang your yoghurt in a muslin until you are ready to use it.

deep fry all the vegetables in batches and let it drain on kitchen paper

(if making in the oven) preheat the oven to 190c

(if making in the oven) coat the carrot, aubergine, courgette and cauliflower in oil and salt and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until nicely singed and soft and crispy edges

while they are in the oven, finely chop the walnuts, garlic and parsley together and put to one side

in a small frying pan with some oil toast the pine nuts and then the almonds and let them cool on a piece of kitchen paper so they crisp up

when your vegetables are ready to come out of the oven, take your labaneh down and spread it over a large serving platter

arrange the roasted vegetables over the labaneh and then generously spread over the garlic, walnut and parsley mixture. sprinkle over the nuts, pomegranate seeds, tear over the mint and drizzle over the olive oil.

serve with warm pita bread.

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