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Harissa & honey aubergine with Levantine grains and zaatar yogurt

Harissa & honey aubergine with Levantine grains and zaatar yogurt

You won’t miss the meat with this sticky, spiced aubergine and wholesome salad. Make it vegan simply by swapping the honey for maple syrup, and the yogurt for your favourite plant-based alternative.

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  • Serves2
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time25 mins

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  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Rose Harissa Paste
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 3 tbsp natural yogurt
  • ½ tsp Cooks' Ingredients Zaatar
  • 300g pouch The Levantine Table Freekeh, Black Rice & Chickpeas
  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat the grill to high. With a fork, prick the aubergine. Rub with the olive oil and season with salt. Place on a plate and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes, or until tender all the way through when pierced with a knife.

  2. Carefully slice the aubergine in ½ lengthways (look out for escaping hot steam). Transfer to a baking sheet, cut-side up, then season with salt. Combine the harissa and honey and brush over the top. Grill for 5-7 minutes, until golden.

  3. Meanwhile mix the yogurt and ¼ tsp zaatar. Heat the pouch of black rice and chickpeas according to pack instructions.

  4. Divide the black rice and chickpeas between 2 plates. Top each with ½ aubergine. Serve with the zaatar yogurt, a lemon wedge and the remaining zaatar sprinkled over.

Cook’s tip

Microwaving the aubergine is a great way to get it soft and silky in record time – quicker, healthier and it makes much less mess than the traditional frying in oil! This method would also work well if you were to glaze it with teriyaki marinade or even mango chutney, instead of the harissa.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,250kJ/ 298kcals



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