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Charred tomatoes with cold yoghurt (Ottolenghi)

Food blogger Izy Hossack makes Ottolenghi's Hot charred tomatoes with cold yoghurt

I’m moving out of my parent’s home next Monday!! One step closer to being a real adult, uh oh. As my mum and dad were leaving for a holiday this week, we had a goodbye dinner for me and my boyfriend featuring this charred tomato dish from Ottolenghi’s new book, Simple*.

We made flatbreads from my book and some hummus – well, ok, I had a call to take so Andy actually made the dough and hummus alone which he was v surprised I left him to do unsupervised. Then we had too many very strong margaritas and ate chocolate cookies (recipe coming this weekend!).

Food blogger Izy Hossack makes Ottolenghi's Hot charred tomatoes with cold yoghurt

If you’re familiar with Ottolenghi’s recipes, you know that sometimes they can sometimes contain quite a few ingredients and/or steps. His new book features recipes which are more pared back but still full of flavour.

This dish is the perfect way to say goodbye to the tomatoes of the summer time. You roast and grill them so they blacken becoming boiling hot, charred tomatoes which are poured over a bed of cold yoghurt. It sounds simple and it is, but it’s one of those dishes that once you make it you’ll probably end up making it again and again to have as a starter or part of a mezze for dinner as we did here.

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Ottolenghi Hot charred cherry tomatoes with cold yoghurt

Charred Tomatoes with Cold Yoghurt (Ottolenghi)

serves 4 as a starter or as part of a mezze
Extracted from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, £25)


  • 350 g (12.5 oz) cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp light brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 lemon – , zest of one half shaved off in 3 wide strips, the other half grated
  • salt and black pepper
  • 250 g (9 oz) fridge-cold extra-thick Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp urfa chilli flakes, or ½ tsp regular chilli flakes


  1. Heat the oven to 200oC (400oF) 
  2. Put the tomatoes in a rimmed baking dish that’s just large enough to accommodate them all snugly. Add the oil, cumin, sugar, garlic, thyme, oregano sprigs, lemon strips, a pinch of salt and a good grind of pepper. Toss together with your hands. 
  3. Roast for 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are beginning to blister and the liquid is bubbling, then turn the oven to the grill setting and grill for 5 to 7 minutes, until the tomatoes start to blacken on top.
  4. While the tomatoes are roasting, mix the yoghurt with the grated lemon zest and 1/4 tsp salt, then return to the fridge.
  5. Once the tomatoes are ready, spread out the cold yoghurt on a large plate or shallow, wide bowl. Spoon the hot tomatoes on top, as well as the pan juices, lemon peel, garlic and herbs, and finish with the remaining oregano and chilli. Serve at once with some flatbreads or sourdough. 

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  • alwaysusebutter September 7, 2018 at 9:05 am

    This looks delicious!! Thanks for the tip.

  • Holly September 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    OMG that sounds so good, Izy! Congrats on the new digs

  • Cinnamon Vogue September 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Beautiful and appetizing. Love the idea of putting the red chilli flakes. Had to look up what urfa chilli flakes were Apparently it comes Turkey. Interesting.

  • Abigail Margaret September 22, 2018 at 6:59 am

    One of the best thing about this dish is that it lies in the exciting contrast between the hot, juicy tomatoes and fridge-cold yoghurt. It looks so delicious.

  • Sophia Emma November 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I have read your blog its really good and awesome.

  • Dreamer Achiever November 21, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Looks beautiful and fresh!

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