Vegetarian Kebabs taste great and I make this recipe over the summer months of January and February where I live in New Zealand, its when I can pick plenty of fresh eggplants. These could be cooked outdoors over a barbecue while the meat eaters sink into their high saturated-fat lamb chops and sausages. But don’t BBQ lamb chops taste great! If using bamboo skewers rather than metal ones, soak them in water for several hours before you start. These kebabs are a colourful addition to a meat dish too, by the way. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them.
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce – (use a premium Japanese soy sauce)
- 1 tsp sesame oil – (Japanese sesame oil)
- 1 tsp manuka honey
- 3 large cloves of garlic, chopped into 3 slices each
- 1 red onion
- 1 yellow or red capsicum
- 1 medium zucchini
- 6-9 button mushrooms
Step 1 – Mix the Marinade
- Put the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey and garlic in a bowl and stir thoroughly, then put to one side.
- Chop the onion into sections so that you have pieces that can be safely skewered without falling off.
- Seed and chop the capsicum into 2 ½ cm chunks, and slice the courgette into rounds.
- Mix all these together with the mushroom buttons in the marinade. Leave for 1 hour or so.
Step 2 – Preheat the grill
- Thread the vegetables on to the skewers, transferring any remaining marinade into a small pan (if you don’t have much left, don’t worry- use some plain soy sauce for dipping instead). Careful, those bamboo skewers can splinter and hurt!
- Place the kebabs under the grill or on the BBQ and cook, being careful to turn them regularly.
- Warm the remaining marinade over a low heat, you can thicken this with a little corn flour in water added.
- Remove the kebabs from the grill or BBQ when the vegetables are beginning to brown nicely and soften, and serve with the marinade or soy sauce or sweet chilli sauce on the side.
- The kebabs can be served with brown rice and a green salad made from rocket or watercress leaves.
- Very tasty!