Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Labne and Pesto

Prep Time: 40 + overnight to make labne
Cooking Time: 25-35 (depending on carrot sizes)
No of Serves: 4 (as a side dish)

Recipe courtesy of Jalna


1 cup (250g) Jalna Greek Yoghourt (makes about 125g labne)

50g mixed seeds (eg. sunflower & pepita)

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

3 bunches coloured heirloom carrots, tops attached, well washed

2 red onions, peeled, cut into wedges

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt flakes & cracked black pepper

1 handful of basil leaves 2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tablespoon honey or rice malt syrup

3 teaspoons lemon juice, plus extra

50g parmesan,

finely grated

¼ cup (60g) Jalna Greek Yoghourt

Micro herbs, to serve (optional)

Nutrition Information (per serve)

Energy 1527 kJ (365 calories)
Protein 13g
Total Fat 23g
Carbohydrates 22g
Saturated Fat 9g
Sugars 21g
Dietary Fibre 7g
Sodium 286mg


  1. Make labne by draining yoghourt overnight in a strainer lined with muslin cloth, a teatowel or Chux over a large Reserve whey for other recipes (see tips).
  2. Preheat oven to 210oC/190oC fan forced. Toast the mixed seeds and coriander seeds in a dry frying pan until fragrant and lightly coloured. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cut the green tops off the carrots leaving a 2cm stalk on each one. Reserve a generous cup of carrot leaves from the carrot tops, discarding the stalks. Large  carrots could be cut in half lengthways, to even out the cooking time.
  4. Toss the carrots and onion in oil, season and bake for 15-25 minutes (depending on size), until tender and
  5. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Puree the carrot tops, basil, garlic, mixed seeds, coriander seeds, honey and lemon juice, until the mixture forms a paste.
  6. Add the parmesan and Jalna yoghourt and puree briefly until combined. Add extra yoghourt, olive oil or water if a thinner consistency is preferred.
  7. Toss some pesto with carrots and onion, with extra lemon juice, salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Serve on a platter with labne and extra pesto on the side.

Tips – Substitute mixed seeds with nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, pine nuts); add rocket or other herbs (eg. mint, parsley).

Whey, the liquid left after making labne, can be used to soak and culture grains and legumes which makes the nutrients more bioavailable, or use whey in soups, dressing and drinks. Whey can be refrigerated for 1-2 weeks or freeze.