Harissa-roasted cau­li­flower with fig and yo­ghurt sauce

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185g (¾ cup) plain yo­ghurt

1 whole cau­li­flower

25g (¼ cup) flaked al­monds 1 Tbsp chopped pars­ley HARISSA

4 long red chill­ies

½ tsp car­away seeds

½ tsp co­rian­der seeds

¾ tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp smoked pa­prika

3 gar­lic cloves

½ tsp rock salt

½ tsp freshly cracked black pep­per

1 tsp olive oil

1 roasted red cap­sicum, from a jar

Juice of ½ lemon

FIG AND YO­GHURT SAUCE 125g (½ cup) plain yo­ghurt

1 tsp tahini

Zest of 1 lemon

1 small gar­lic clove, crushed 2 dried figs, finely chopped

1 Pre­heat the oven to 160°C (fan-forced). Line a deep­sided bak­ing dish with foil.

2 To make the harissa, cut two of the chill­ies in half length­ways and re­move the seeds and mem­branes. Roughly chop all four chill­ies and set aside.

3 In a small fry­ing pan, toast the car­away, co­rian­der and cumin seeds over medium heat for a minute or two, un­til fra­grant. Tip the toasted seeds into the small bowl of a blender. Add the re­main­ing harissa in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing the chopped chill­ies, and blend un­til all the in­gre­di­ents are chopped and you have a thick­ish paste.

4 Mix half the harissa through the 185g (¾ cup) yo­ghurt, then taste to check if it is spicy or hot enough for you. Add more harissa to your taste, un­til the heat is to your lik­ing.

5 Re­move the core and any outer leaves from the cau­li­flower. Brush the harissa yo­ghurt mix­ture all over the cau­li­flower, en­sur­ing it is evenly coated on all sides.

6 Trans­fer the coated cau­li­flower to the bak­ing dish and into the oven.

Roast for 30 min­utes. Add 125ml (½ cup) wa­ter to the dish, cover with a lid or foil, and roast the cau­li­flower for a fur­ther 20 min­utes, or un­til tender.

7 Mean­while, in a small bowl, mix to­gether the fig and yo­ghurt sauce in­gre­di­ents un­til well com­bined.

8 Serve the cau­li­flower warm, with the fig and yo­ghurt sauce, sprin­kled with the al­monds and pars­ley. SERVES 4

Roasts are gen­er­ally fuss-free – once they’re in the

oven, your work is done

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