Chef's Recipes

Yoghurt curd with raw and grilled vegetables

Recipe by Ben Devlin from Cabarita restaurant Paper Daisy | Gourmet Traveller

By Ben Devlin
  • 15 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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Yoghurt curd with raw and grilled vegetables


  • 350 gm plain yoghurt
  • 50 ml dry apple cider (2½ tbsp)
  • 2 baby cucumbers
  • 1/2 small white onion
  • 1 ripe fig, halved
  • 1 tbsp macadamia oil
  • 1 tbsp chardonnay vinegar
  • 2 Dutch carrots, scrubbed, trimmed and sliced into ribbons on a mandolin
  • 2 small radishes, scrubbed, trimmed and thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 1/2 small zucchini, sliced into ribbons on a mandolin
  • 2 tsp podded peas
  • 2 tbsp of different herbs and herb flowers, such as, basil, rocket, rocket flowers, garlic flowers, lemon balm


  • 1
    Place yoghurt in a double layer of muslin, gather into a bundle, tie with string and hang in the refrigerator over a bowl to drain for 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, stir in cider vinegar and refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    Heat a char-grill pan to high. Grill cucumber without turning, and onion and fig cut-sides down until well charred (4-6 minutes for cucumber and onion; 3-4 minutes for fig). Combine cucumber in a container with macadamia oil and chardonnay vinegar, cover and set aside to steam and cool (5 minutes). Separate onion layers and cut the fig into 2cm-3cm chunks. Remove cucumber from vinegar mixture (reserve) and thinly slice.
  • 3
    Place carrot, radish and zucchini in a bowl of iced water for 5 minutes to crisp, then drain and season to taste. Spoon yoghurt curd into a serving bowl, scatter with peas, then arrange vegetables, fig, herbs and flowers alongside. Drizzle with the macadamia oil and vinegar mixture and serve.