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Eggplant Imam Bayildi Recipe

Nepalese Eggplant Imam Bayildi - Zest Byron BayServes: 4-6
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 2½ hours

Ingredients

3 small eggplants
2 brown onions
½ bulb garlic
300-400ml olive oil
3 tbs Zest Nepalese Spice Paste
60ml pomegranate molasses
1½ tbs tomato paste
1½ tbs salt
1 tsp brown sugar
handful parsley
handful mint
handful coriander
handful basil

Method

Pre heat oven to 120°C.

Cut eggplants in half lengthways and with a small knife, carefully remove most of the flesh leaving an eggplant boat waiting to be filled. Set aside the flesh. Rub inside with salt and leave to drain while you prepare the filling.

In a heavy based pot, sweat the onions in a little oil until sweet. Add eggplant flesh, garlic and cook out. Add tomato paste, Zest Nepalese Spice Paste, sugar & molasses, set aside to cool.

Chop fresh herbs and mix in about half.

Rinse softened eggplant boats, pat dry and stuff generously with filling.

Squeeze together in an oven proof dish, cover base with oil and cover dish with lid or foil and bake for approximately 2 hours or until the eggplant is soft.

Sprinkle with remaining herbs and serve with lemon.

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Grilled Haloumi, Fennel, Mint and Candied Walnut Salad Recipe

Grilled Haloumi, Fennel, Mint and Candied Walnut Salad : Zest Byron BayServes: 4
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

200g haloumi
1 tbs Zest Indian Spice Paste
1 large fennel bulb
200g mixed organic mesclun
handful mint, picked
handful flatleaf parsley, picked
olives
walnuts, butter, brown sugar,
edible flowers

Sauce
1 tsp Zest Sri Lankan Spice Paste
2 lemons zest and juice
1 tsp honey
100ml extra virgin olive oil
sea salt

Method

Rinse and pat dry haloumi and slice lengthways, lightly coat haloumi in Zest Indian Spice Paste.

Slice fennel lengthways with mandoline, wash mesclun, mint and parsley.

Coat walnuts in Zest Indian Spice Paste, in a fry pan put in equal parts butter and brown sugar until starts to bubble, add spice walnuts and fry until golden brown and caramelised.

Sauce
Mix all top 4 ingredients together, slowly whisk in oil, adjust with salt.

Finish
Fry haloumi until golden brown, don’t let it burn.

Mix with all salad leaves and herbs with olives, candied walnuts and edible flowers

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Emma’s Tofu Kebabs Recipe

Sri Lankan Tofu Kebabs : Zest Byron BayServes: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients

2-3 tbsp Zest Sri Lankan Spice Paste
1 cup sour cream or plain yoghurt
1 packet tofu
mushrooms
capsicum
cherry tomatoes
zucchini

Method

Cut vegetables and tofu into chunks and place onto sticks.

Mix sour cream and Zest Sri Lankan Spice Paste together and coat kebabs.

Cover and set aside in fridge for min ½ hour.

Barbecue until cooked and enjoy.

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Spiced Seeded Potato Rosti Recipe

Spiced Seeded Potato Rosti : Zest Byron BayServes: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1 large potato peeled
2 tsp Zest Moroccan Spice Paste
large handful of assorted seeds (pepitas, sesame, sunflower)
2 tbs olive oil

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grate potato into bowl. Squeeze out and remove excess liquid. Mix through Zest Moroccan Spice Paste and seeds. Shape into small cakes. Medium heat oil in a heavy based frying pan and add cakes turning once golden brown and cook for a further 2 mins. Transfer to the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve with poached egg and wilted spinach.

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Biryani with Cauliflower, Currants and Peas Recipe

Biryani with Cauliflower, Currants and Peas : Zest Byron BayServes: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 vegetable stock cube
1½ cups water
2 tsp olive oil
½ onion diced
large clove garlic diced
small knob ginger diced
2 tsp Zest Indian Spice Paste
150g long grain rice
100g cauliflower cut into small pieces & gently roasted
¼ cup frozen peas
50g roasted cashews
15g currants
3 cardamom pods
handful fresh coriander

Method

Mix the stock cube in the water and stir to dissolve.

Heat the oil in a heavy based pot, sauté onion, garlic and ginger until soft.

Add rice and Zest Indian Spice Paste, lower the heat and stir to coat rice evenly.

Add the stock, bring to the boil, then cover with a tight fitting lid and cook on low for 10 minutes.

Quickly add the cauliflower, peas and currants, cover and cook on low for a further 3 minutes.

Cover the pot with a tea towel, replace the lid and let stand for 3 minutes.

Stir through the cashews and coriander and serve.

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Braised Root Vegetables Recipe

Braised Root Vegetables : Zest Byron BayServes: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes or until soft

Ingredients

2 medium size carrots
1 large sweet potato
2 parsnips
2 turnips
1 large potato
2 red onions (salad) diced
6 cloves of crushed garlic
1 cup of white wine
1 vanilla pod
1 cinnamon quill
1 star anise
2-3 cans peeled chopped tomatoes
1 jar Zest Moroccan Spice Paste
1l of vegetable stock or stock cube
20-30ml olive oil for cooking
salt and pepper
fresh coriander and mint, half roughly chopped

Method

Peel all the root vegetables, cut into 2cm dice and then sauté in heavy based pan with a good splash of olive oil. Cook nice and gently over a low heat to slowly caramelise the vegetables (they don’t need to be cooked through) then set aside in oven proof dish.

Sweat off the onions and garlic until cooked, but not coloured. Add the split vanilla pod, star anise and cinnamon quill. Add the Moroccan Spice Paste and cook for a few minutes. Then add in the white wine and cook until almost evaporated. Add in the canned tomatoes then add this liquid to the oven proof dish with the root vegetables. Pour the vegetable stock over this, ensuring the vegetables are submerged in stock.

Cover with tight fitting lid or al foil and cook at 160-170°C until vegetables are cooked around 30/40 minutes, check during cooking time, you may need to add more stock if the mixture looks too dry.

When ready, check the seasoning, mix through half of the roughly chopped herbs, keeping the rest for garnish.

This is a hearty meal on its own; you can even add canned, drained chickpeas or lentils with the stock.

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Sri Lankan Chickpea, Leek and Spinach Soup Recipe

Chickpea, Leek and Spinach Soup : Zest Byron BayServes: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 tbsp Zest Sri Lankan Spice Paste
1 large leek
2 cloves garlic
1 large potato
750ml vegetable stock
1 tin chickpeas, drained
500g baby spinach
handful parsley
½ lemon juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
4 slices sour dough roughly broken into chunks
1 tsp Zest Indian Spice Paste

Method

In a heavy based pot, cook leek and garlic in olive oil with Zest Sri Lankan Spice Paste until they are transparent. Add potato and parsley and stir in flavoured oil for 1 minute.

Add stock and chickpeas and bring to simmer.

Once potatoes are tender add lemon juice and spinach until it wilts, season to taste and heat for another minute.

Toss sour dough chunks in oil and sprinkle with Zest Indian Spice Paste. Roast in medium oven turning frequently until crisp and golden brown.

Scatter croutons on top of soup and serve.

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Moroccan Beer Battered Tofu Chips with Indian Tahini Sauce Recipe

Serves: 4

Ingredients

500g fresh firm tofu

Batter
2 tbsp Zest Moroccan Spice Paste
1 cup self raising flour
½ cup plain flour
¼ cup cornflour
2 egg whites whisked to peak
½ cup beer
vegetable oil for deep frying

Sauce
1 tsp Zest Indian Spice Paste
1 cup yoghurt
2 tbls tahini
1 lime juice
sea salt

Method

Batter
Pat dry tofu and cut into 1.5cm x 8cm batons, coat tofu in flour.

Mix flours together fold in egg whites then fold in beer and Zest Moroccan Spice Paste to form a thick pancake batter.

Heat oil, dip flour coated tofu in batter then begin to deep fry.

Once golden brown drain oil on absorbent paper.

Sauce
Mix all ingredients together and serve in a bowl.

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