Braai Mushrooms with Chickpea Stuffing

Delicious braai mushrooms with tasty tahini lemon drizzle
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Braai, Culinary Collection, Lunch
Cuisine South African, Vegetarian
Servings 8


Tahini lemon drizzle

  • 4 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 80 ml lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 150 g tahini
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • pinch salt

Lemony breadcrumbs

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 g breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, small
  • 1 zest of lemon grated


  • 2 tins tins of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp chives chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 8 large portabello mushrooms
  • olive oil for cooking
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the tahini lemon drizzle:

  • Combine the garlic and lemon juice and blend briefly with a stick blender.
    Allow flavours to develop for 5 minutes and then strain through a fine mesh sieve.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine the garlic infused lemon juice, tahini, cumin and salt.
    Pour in the cold water and whisk to combine until smooth.

For the lemony breadcrumbs:

  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
    Add breadcrumbs and toast until golden. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Switch off the heat and add the garlic, mixing it in well using the residual heat.
    Finally mix in the lemon zest and set aside until serving.

For the stuffing:

  • Toast chickpeas in a dry frying pan for a few minutes until beginning to brown.
    Combine all the stuffing ingredients and the toasted chickpeas in a bowl together and season to taste.

For the mushrooms:

  • Brush the portabellos with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    Braai until tender and lightly charred all over.
  • Turn mushrooms gills side up and fill with the stuffing.
    Close braai lid and allow to heat through.
  • Serve stuffed portabellos with a sprinkle of lemony breadcrumbs and a generous dollop of tahini drizzle.
Keyword braai, vegetarian