Borani-ye laboo (candied beetroot and yoghurt salad)

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 200 gm beetroot, trimmed
  • 25 gm unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 250 gm thick natural yoghurt
  • ¾ tsp dried mint
  • To garnish: mizuna microcress (optional)
01   Cook the beetroot in salted boiling water until tender (20 minutes for baby beetroot, or up to 45 minutes for larger beetroot). Slip them out of their skins while still warm and cut into chunky wedges if using baby beets or into rough 2cm cubes if using larger ones.
02   Heat the butter in a heavy-based frying pan over low-medium heat and add the beetroot. Fry for 5-6 minutes, then sprinkle on the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat and cook until the beetroot begins to caramelise (3 minutes), tossing it around in the buttery syrup from time to time. Add the lemon juice and remove from the heat. Leave to cool completely.
03   Crush the garlic clove with ½ tsp salt to form a paste and mix into the yoghurt with the dried mint, then adjust the seasoning to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl, mound on the cold candied beetroot, scatter with mizuna microcress, if using, and serve.

Note Reproduced from Saraban ($79.95, hbk) by Greg and Lucy Malouf, published by Hardie Grant Books. Recipes have been reproduced here with minor Gourmet Traveller style changes.

Recipe:

GREG AND LUCY MALOUF

Photography:

MARK ROPER

Styling:

GLEN PROEBSTEL

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Nov 2010

Nov 2010

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