Roasted harissa vegetables with kale & ginger pilaf

Roasted harissa vegetables with kale & ginger pilaf

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2
Oven bake butternut squash, peppers and onions in North African spice then serve with superhealthy greens and basmati rice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per 100g

  • kcal371
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre7g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.5g
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  • ½ small butternut squash (about 350g, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks)
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 3cm chunks
  • 1 tbsp harissa, or to taste



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • low-fat Greek yogurt, to serve

For the pilaf

  • ½ tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • ½ onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • ½ red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 100g kale, or other greens, chopped



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 100g brown basmati rice
  • 225ml vegetable stock


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the squash, onion and pepper on a large baking tray or 2 smaller ones. Toss them with the harissa and season. Roast for 30 mins or until golden and tender.

  2. Meanwhile, make the pilaf. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Season and cook for 5 mins or until the onion is translucent. Add the kale, rice and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 10-12 mins or until tender. Serve with the roasted vegetables and some yogurt.

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Comments (13)

thunder123's picture

Super easy, super healthy and super tasty! I did add a bit more stock to the rice because it was drying out, and I think next time I'd add a whole chilli instead of half. I chose this recipe because it looked healthy so was very pleasantly surprised to discover how delicious it tasted.

mandnlee's picture

A nice dish, but the veg does tend to shrink when cooked in this way so I add double the quantity plus 4 carrots and a courgette. Made own harissa as its a lot cheaper (and makes double) using a jar of roasted peppers,a teaspoon each of ground cumin, coriander, chilli flakes, garlic granules, then added a large squirt(technical term!) of tomato purée some salt and pepper then blended with a large glug of olive oil. The rice needed a lot more stock and much longer cooking. After the wait it was enjoyable.

thecherub's picture

This was a surprisingly good recipe. Easy to make only a some prep at the beginning and then that's it, it does the rest itself. The only change I made was to add more water to the rice. Will be making this again and again.

joolzabelle's picture

A lovely, tasty and deceptively easy recipe. Will definitely make again.

felicityhm's picture

This recipe is delicious. I do need to add a bit more stock to the rich though. I was worried it would be really dry but is perfect with suggested addition of yogurt.

idamonster's picture

Doubled all the ingredients except the rice and added chickpeas (150g dry), which easily made 4 filling portions. I substituted quinoa for rice and used 150g (dry). I also diluted the harissa using tomato puree and a little oil as I don't really handle hot chillis very well and this was just the right amount of kick for me. I kept the skin on the butternut squash as it softens when it roasts and adds a really nice bit of texture, plus you get all the nutrition and waste nothing! :)

A great recipe that's really easy to prepare and I'm hoping it's lovely again today for lunch.

littlemissmaccas's picture

So good, easy to cook and lovely flavours. Didn't change a thing. Will be repeating this recipe.

eleanormayo's picture

This is fantastic recipe, we loved it. I used brown basmati rice which upped the cooking time, but added to the healthyness of the dish!

moriere's picture

So good and healthy to boot ! Used a bit of olive oil to "dilute" the harrisa so it was easier to coat the veg. Sadly didn,t have any Kale, but good in any case. To be repeated !!

shoemaker69's picture

Excellent & easy dish. Swapped out quinoa for rice for extra protein. My husband loved it! Will definitely make again.

vfinney's picture

This was absolutely lovely. It looked just like the picture too which is good because the picture here looks fabulous. So good for you. Only critique is that the above is not right for the rice if I'm honest... Not enough stock by a country mile... Will definitely be making again and will be recomending

klee34's picture

This recipe is super easy and tastes really good. I was surprised by how those small additional extras made such a difference to taste of the rice. Have had this three times with no problems at all (Minus the kale for my preference though).

keukenmeisje's picture

I love kale and this is a super recipe

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