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Butter Roasted Mushrooms with Spicy Lemon Yoghurt

Recipe Type: Main / Sides

Cuisine: South African

Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings: 6

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Baking Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


For the Pickled Onions:

  • 1 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes

For the Spicy Yoghurt Sauce:

  • 250 ml plain double cream yoghurt
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Aleppo pepper (Notes provided at the end for substitution)
  • 1-2 pinches sea salt

For the Mushrooms:

  • 12 large portobello mushrooms
  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 125 g harissa paste


  • Store-bought flatbread / naan or pita
  • Fresh coriander
  • Lime wedges


  1. For the Quick Pickled Onions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well, ensuring the onions are submerged.
  • Leave at room temperature while preparing the rest.

2. For the Yoghurt Sauce:

  • Mix all ingredients together, adjusting for seasoning if necessary.
  • Store in the fridge until serving.

3. For the Mushrooms:

  • Mix the softened butter and harissa paste until well combined. Check the seasoning of your harissa paste and adjust as required.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (with fan on) and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place portabellos on the tray and generously brush with harissa butter.
  • Roast for 7-10 minutes or until just tender.
  • While the mushrooms are roasting, warm or toast some flatbread and prepare the other toppings.

4. Serving:

  • Serve the roasted mushrooms on warm flatbread topped with dollops of spicy lemon yoghurt.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and pickled onions.
  • Squeeze over fresh lime juice and enjoy!
Butter Roasted Mushrooms with Spicy Lemon Yoghurt


  • Aleppo pepper is available at specialty delis, artisanal grocers, or spice stores. If you cannot find it, you can substitute with 1 tsp of sweet paprika mixed with ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper.

This dish is perfect for those who enjoy a medley of spicy and tangy flavors. The harissa butter offers a depth of flavor to the mushrooms, while the spicy lemon yoghurt adds creaminess and zing. The pickled onions provide a tangy crunch, making it a delightful and balanced dish. Perfect for a cozy evening meal or a dinner party starter!

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