Carrots are one of the best selling vegetables in North Africa because of their sweetness. Their sweetness is paired with both sour and spicy flavours in many dishes of the region – salads, tangines, pastries, desserts.
In this Moroccan dish, carrots are cooked and crushed to make a sharp and hot spread. Bring it to the table while still warm, on a platter with a pile of warm pitta breads. It makes a great starter or mezze dish.
This is a recipe from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More. We are cooking our way through Plenty More, but not ignoring his other books completely. Note that I often massage the recipes to suit what is available from our kitchen, garden, pantry and local shops. For the original recipes, check his books and his Guardian column.
Similar recipes include Red Capsicum and Feta Dip, Moroccan Orange and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Carrot Salad, and Spicy Moroccan Carrot Dip.
Browse all of our Moroccan recipes and all of our Carrot dishes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Mid Summer recipes.
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Through Spring, Summer and Autumn we regularly make juices as part of our morning routine. These are some of our carrot juices. Carrots pair well with other fruit and vegetables like apples and beetroot. Try our delicious combos listed below.
We also have our Strawberry and Blueberry Juices, Unusual Home Made Juices, and Apple Juice recipes for you.
Browse all of our Juices here, or explore our Early Autumn recipes.
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One of the things you have to love about Keralite food is their liberal use of ghee. Enriching and energy giving, ghee is ladled into special dishes with abandon. This is a cross between Kerala Ghee Rice, Coconut Rice and Carrot Rice – a mixed rice dish of vegetables, warming spices and coconut milk.
Similar dishes include Carrot Rice, Sri Lankan Ghee Rice, and Kampung Ghee Rice.
Browse all of our Rice dishes and all of our dishes from Kerala. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Late Spring recipes.
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There’s nothing more marvellously Wintery than orange root vegetable mash; butter is all it needs.It has been icy here in the mornings – the type of morning you wish you had a wood fire to light, one you could put your old coffee pot on top of and have it bubbling away in no time. One you could heat the soup on and dry the clothes in front of.
But the Wintery mash is all I have. Why not jazz it up with lentils and top with a warming shallot stew!
This recipe is from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More. Although we’ve cooked enough Ottolenghi to feel free to channel him when we adjust ingredients to suit our tastes, style and pantry, this recipe is pretty much the same as the one that appears in the Guardian.
Similar recipes include Easy Pumpkin and Coconut Curry, Spicy Crushed Carrots with Yoghurt, Sweet Potato Mash with Lime Salsa, Mashed Potatoes, Parsnip Mash, and Carrot and Parsnip Mash.
Browse all of our Celeriac, Carrots, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato recipes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book.
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We have about 100 carrot recipes! It shows how common they are and how versatile – pickles, salads, soups, main and sides. Even dips. We have gathered together almost 30 of the recipes for you here, but don’t forget to browse the others too.
You can browse all of our Carrot recipes here. And check out our 100 Vegetable Series.
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This is a delicious South Indian Style Curry where Chow Chow (also known as choko or chayote) is cooked along with spices and coconut. It is a simple dish, perfect for a weekday meal.
Chow chow, called choko in Australia, is a funny little vegetable – a prolific bearer and definitely loved by Tamil South Indians who tend to love all gourds. It is slightly bland in taste, with a delicious crispness and an internal juiciness. Divine! It is generally cooked simply – kootu, kari, poriyal or sambar.
A kari is (generally) a vegetable side dish in Tamil Nadu and it is an important part of a balanced meal. Most people believe that the word curry comes from kari although the first term is generic for spicy dishes and the latter is a dish that can be served mild or made exotic with a variety of spices (and deep frying). There are lots of versions of the etymology of kari, but there is some agreement that its modern day usage means stir-fried. Still, you will find lots of different interpretations of it. Stir-fry vegetable dishes can also be called Poriyal and some Sundals are also classified as a kari. Kari can be made with a large variety of vegetables – carrots, beans, snakegourd, chow chow, plantain, Indian broad beans, cluster beans, corn, broccoli, etc.
Similar recipes include Sri Lankan Stir Fried Cabbage, Chow Chow Molagootal, Thani Kootu, and Avial.
Browse all of our Chow Chow recipes, or explore our Early Spring recipes. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Early Spring recipes.
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When you have the Winter blues, when the Winter Lurgy has you in it’s grips, when you dream of sunshine because it has been absent for so long, it is time for soup! Soup restores sanity, spirits, optimism and health.
This soup takes a tray full of roasted vegetables and whizzes them into a soup. I’ve layered flavours with roasted onions as well as butter-sweated leeks, white pepper and black pepper, and the tiered flavours of Garam Masala. Underpinning it all is a healthy dose of turmeric and garlic, ingredients that will keep you healthy, or make you better when you are not at the top of your game. Into it all goes the sweet-tart caramelised flavours of roasted lemon for that needed hit of “sour” that enlivens any dish. It also balances out the sweetness of Winter carrots.
Carrots are best in winter. There is something about the coldness of Winter that intensifies the flavour of carrots. How precious they are in their sweetness and affinity for a range of vegetable combinations.
You might like to read more about the Spice mix, Garam Masala. As mentioned, it is used in this recipe to add layers of spice flavours which are warming without necessarily being hot in the chilli-hot sense. The spice mix for garam masala varies from region to region, so if you have not used it before, add a little at first, taste, and add more until it suits your spice comfort levels.
Similar recipes include Spicy Crushed Carrots with Yoghurt, 10 Min Broth and Bits Soup, French Carrot Soup, South Indian Carrot Soup, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, and Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup.
All of our Soup recipes are here, (specifically our Carrot Soups here) and browse our Carrot recipes. Or explore our wonderful Mid Winter recipes, especially our Mid Winter Soups.
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We had a focus on Indian Salads last Summer, mainly varieties of Kachumber and Kosumalli/Koshambari. As the weather slipped into cooler parts of Autumn, I found myself wondering if thes were the last ones we would make until the warm weather arrives once more. Perhaps not, I thought, as I do love salads in Winter too, but they become a little heavier than the Summer versions. More lentils, grains and Winter vegetables.
It is Summer again, so time to bring you this particular salad. It is such a delightful salad, healthy and quick to make if you use a food processor. The dressing is the usual Kachumber dressing of lime juice and black pepper.
Although I use raw vegetables, but many in India like them cooked in some way. You can either saute them lightly in ghee or Indian sesame oil, or steam them just a little if that is your preference.
Similar recipes include Beetroot and Mint Salad, Radish and Cucumber Kachumber, Beetroot and Carrot Kachumber, Chopped Salad, and Cucumber, Carrot and Green Mango Koshambari.
Browse all of our Indian Salads and our Beetroot Salads. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Early Autumn recipes.
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Sometimes we forget that simplest is bestest.
Elizabeth David is the best source of simple but utterly delicious salads. I love to read her books, and today I have taken the liberty of reproducing some of her beautiful salads.
Similar posts include 30 Great Salads for Early Summer.
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