This simple recipe takes the humble carrot and turns it into something significantly less humble. It’s as if the carrot has had counselling and found itself a huge dose of self-esteem and no-one is EVER going to put carrot in the corner!
Ok, I may have indulged in a little hyperbole there but this really is a wonderful salad.
Please don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients, most of them are spices and you probably have them in your cupboard already. If you don’t it is worth buying them because they are staples that crop up time and time again in tasty recipes and they really help to lift even the most mundane meals. Try cinnamon in your porridge, or ginger in a smoothy. Cumin and Coriander go well in savoury pancakes or winter stews. If you keep your spices in sealed containers in a cool, dark place they will last for ages so it is worth the (modest) investment.
Preserved lemon is a little more unusual but you could always make your own! Recipe here.
The otriginal recipe is from Plenty by Ottolenghi.
80ml Olive Oil
1 tsp Caster Sugar
3 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
2 Green Chillies (finely chopped)
1 Spring Onion
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Sweet Paprika
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp chopped Preserved Lemon
40g Chopped Fresh Coriander
120ml Greek Yoghurt
Peel and slice the carrots. I cut them lengthways but you could cut them into cylinders or semi-circles depending on the size of the carrots.
Put the carrots in a saucepan and just cover with water, add salt and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how you cut them) until just tender but with some crunch left in them. Drain in a colander and set aside to dry out.
Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onions over a medium heat until soft and slightly brown. Add the cooked carrots to the onions with the rest of the ingredients except the yoghurt and fresh coriander. Stir well, season with salt and remove from the heat. Leave to cool.
Before serving stir in most of the coriander, serve with a dollop of yoghurt, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of the reserved fresh coriander