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Roast eggplant with native succulents and macadamia cream

This mouthwatering dish includes Australian native ingredients and is the perfect option when looking to create a restaurant quality vegetarian meal. This recipe comes from Karkalla Restaurant in Byron Bay.

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Servings 2
Course Main Course
Preference Vegetarian
Perfect for Entertaining
Skill level Moderate


Roast eggplant

  • 1 eggplant halved and scored
  • 1/4 cup cooked jasmine rice warmed through 
  • 1 heaped teaspoon macadamia pieces roasted and salted (about 10g)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon native currants (or regular currants)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon muntries* (omit if not available)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sunflower seeds
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Splash of olive oil
  • Sea salt

Macadamia cream

  • 50 grams macadamia spread/butter
  • 50 grams warm water 
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

To serve

  • Fresh coriander, dill, mint, sea parsley and karkalla**


  • Heat a fry pan with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Place the eggplant, score side down, in the pan and cook until caramelised. Then place the eggplant in a hot oven and cook through (8-10 minutes) until soft and tender.
  • Carefully scrape the cooked eggplant flesh into a bowl, draining away any excess moisture. Stir through the rice, macadamias, currants, muntries and sunflower seeds. Season with lemon juice and olive oil. Taste and add salt as required.
  • Prepare the macadamia cream by blending all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.
  • To serve, dress the plate with macadamia cream. Return eggplant mixture to eggplant skin and dress liberally with fresh herbs and native succulents. Serve immediately.


*Muntries are small white native fruits, reminiscent of blueberries. The Australian Native Food Industry Food Limited describes the fruit as tasting like “apple with a juniper essence, a spicy apple taste”.
**Karkalla is a native succulent also known as pigface. It grows among sand dunes and on cliff faces around the Australian coastline. It is light and salty with a juicy crunch. Cultivated karkalla can be found at farmers markets and select greengrocers.


Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 9gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

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