Are you looking for a kid-friendly vegetable dish? Does your family have a favorite recipe that you always serve when guests come over? One that you always bring to a new mother or a family in need? Well then, do I have a recipe for you!
Moroccan Carrots are the side dish that fits the bill for all of the above scenarios. In fact, my friend, Heather, who is unabashedly not a “health foodie” has asked me numerous times for this recipe.
Finally I am getting it onto my blog for her and for all of you.
This recipe is a slight modification from one of my most used cookbooks, Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen. Seriously, this one is a keeper. It has pencil marks throughout and though it is heavily vegetarian and our family is moving into eating more animal products, it will continue to be heavily used in my kitchen.
Lorna's description sets the recipe up nicely:
One of my favorite dishes, and one of the easiest to prepare. The paprika in the vinaigrette gives the carrots a reddish hue, and the spices accentuate their sweetness. Prepare this dish 2 hours in advance so the carrots become infused with the flavors. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cook carrots either by steaming on the stovetop for 5-10 minutes, or in a pressure cooker. If cooking in a pressure cooker, set steaming trivet in cooker, add water, bring to boil and set carrots on the trivet. Cook for only 1 minute under high pressure and release pressure using a quick-release method.
While the carrots are still warm, set them in a serving bowl and moisten them generously with the vinaigrette. Let the mixture sit for 2 hours (if at all possible), tossing occasionally.
Just before serving, perk up the flavors with a bit of sea salt, if needed.
Did you notice what I wrote about the time for cooking the carrots? Standard stovetop cooking takes 5-10 minutes, while cooking on high pressure in a pressure cooker takes only 1 minute! I highly encourage you to think about adding one of these tools to your kitchen collection.
We think that these carrots are particularly nice topped with some of my homemade Chat Masala. With or without, you will certainly be able to get your kids to eat these vegetables. And try topping other vegetables with my Moroccan Vinaigrette as well. You'll be sure to see more veggies get eaten around your table.