Thursday, August 19, 2010

Moroccan Carrot Salad

This is a simple salad that has the Moroccan flavours of cumin and coriander.I found this salad in Vegetarian times and was curious how it comes out.I am not sure whether it is authentic Moroccan dish but hearty and easy it sure is.Cumin and coriander are spices that I normally use in spicy gravies and rarely in a salad especially as whole seeds.So I just crushed them a little so that the flavours are easily mixed in.

Ingredients:
Carrots: grated:  cup
Currants: handful: almost 1/4  cup
Apple Juice: 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice: 1.5 tsp
Olive Oil: 1-2 tsp

Walnuts: handful : almost 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds: 1tsp +/-
Coriander Seeds: 1 tsp+/-

Cayenne Pepper /Chilli powder: to taste
Salt: to taste

Cilantro: garnish

Preparation:
Wash,peel and grate carrots in a bowl alnong with currants..Add in the oil and juices and little salt.

Toast the walnuts,cumin and coriander seedds till the seeds emanate a nice aroma and the nuts start to brown.Lightly crush the toasted mix and add it to the carrot bowl.Toss well.Add in cayenne pepper or chilli powder and adjust salt and serve garnished with cilantro.


A simple easy to make carrot salad with flavours not commonly used in salads.You can use raisins instead of currants,but I  felt the orange carrots contrasts nicely with the colour of the currants.The apple juice adds slight sweetness and you can adjust the quantity with lemon juice .A sweet,spicy and tangy salad which is  refreshing and I loved it.The apple juice makes it a bit sweet,lemon juice add tartness and currants are slightly tangy.Add to it the heat or spiciness from the coriander seeds and cumin.A mouthful of salad gives you What I did not like in the salad was the walnuts.I am not a nuts person-I like them only in baked goodies and not in salads or sides-so I may omit them the next time.

This simple salad is visiting NCR:Carrots at TinnedTomatoes.

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