Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Oh how we love going to Me Va Me (at Bathurst and Steeles in Thornhill). When Meredith and I were first dating, we'd make a meal out of a large salad plate, some felafel and pita. Their shawarama is excellent as well, and the portions are ridiculous (you need to share).

It's the salads that we really love, tho. Three or four different ways to serve eggplant, and one of my favourites – Moroccan Carrots Salad. I really like the spicy versions.

My grandmother used to make a variation of it, and that's where I learned to love it. Her recipe is long-gone, after nearly 10 years I think I finally developed a recipe that resembled hers (Mama's might not have had as many chili pepper flakes). Cilantro was the missing ingredient. Any additional input about the final product from the Toronto Tangier crowd would be greatly appreciated.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

  •  1/2 kilo carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 cm round slices
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chili peppers
  1. Boil carrots until tender (not mushy), for 5-6 minutes. Drain, and immediately immerse carrots in cold water for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Heat oil on medium in a skillet.
  3. Saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add carrots, lemon juice, cilantro, salt, cumin, paprika, and chili peppers to the oil and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Immediately move mixture to a cool container and let chill.
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  1. This sounds like a really interesting combination of flavors. Usually I associate cilantro with lighter dishes. I am really intrigued and I so happen to have all these ingredients in my kitchen :) I am going to give it a try! Following from Meatless Mondays Angie

  2. Dan, I am happy to see you linked up at My Meatless Mondaya. Thanks for remembering.

    This carrot salad sounds like a delight. One of the group is cooking Moroccan, this month. You could send this in. I have to check which one but I think it is My Kitchen, My world. If you are interested, I will find out, for you.

    Thanks again for a delicious recipe.

  3. @cocinadiary: I hope you like it. It's one of my favourites. I hope you like garlic!

    @S&S: that'd be super! I have several Moroccan recipes with another coming up in mid-October.

  4. What a wonderful carrot salad recipe! I love the flavours you have used, and it's so healthy too!

  5. I definitely need to try this - I never know what to do with carrots. Thanks for linking up to the Salad round up!

  6. Hi Daniel, When I make this, I fry the garlic in oil first on lowish heat until soft and glazed. Then I add the cumin and paprika and fry those spices in the same oil until their flavour is released (similar in prep for making Oriza). Then I add the other ingredients you add as well. My recipe also calls for vinegar. Happy munching!


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