Oven roasted tandoori Winter Nelis pears with star anise and honey yoghurt

Serves: 4

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  • 4 Winter Nelis pears halved, peeled and cored
  • 2 tbsp good quality tandoori paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 whole star anise
  • European Style yoghurt and honey to serve

Recipe by David Bitton


Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

In a large ceramic bowl, place the tandoori paste and coconut oil and mix well.

Prick the Winter Nelis pear halves all over using a skewer or the tip of a sharp knife and place them into the bowl with the tandoori mixture. Coat the pears well. Cover and allow to ‘marinate’ for 2 hours or overnight.

Remove the Winter Nelis pears from the bowl and place onto a flat baking tray lined with baking paper. Place one star anise into the centre of each pear half. Place into the pre heated oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until just soft. Turn the heat up to 200 degrees C and cook for a further 5 minutes or until slightly golden and aromatic. Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Serve warm onto 4 large plates topped with lots of European style yoghurt and drizzled with honey.