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Spicy Cooked Carrot Salad

This classic Moroccan dish is simply a delight. Normally I make it as a part of a middle eastern meal accomapnied with hummus, tahin, tabouleh etc, But it is also very good as a starter or as a side dish to every meal. I'm using Arisa in this recipe, and I strongly recommend making your own arisa rather than buying one. Not only because it tastes much better, it also doesn't have excess anounts of salt and oil. And good arisa will make your salad much better.

I recommend here cooking time of 20 minutes. This will create soft carrots that still keep thier shape. You can play with cooking time if you want the carrots more live or done, but make sure you don't overcook them, we don't want carrot pore.

Note: I don't peel carrots or any other vegetable for that matter. The reason is that, in most cases, the peel is the most nutrient dense part of the vegetable, Though we cook the carrots here, losing some of the nutrients to the cooking water, we still want to save as much as possible and I didn't notice any difference in taste.

Note 2: For Arisa recipe scroll down.


Let's get to work:


8-10 carrots (about 1 Kg)

1/2 bundle cilantro

1-2 tsp arisa

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

3-4 garlic cloves

juice from half a lemon

4-5 tbsp olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste


Directions:

  1. Cook the carrots and garlic for 20 minutes in boiling water. (I like it better if the garlic is cooked a bit more so it has a milder taste and texture.)

  2. Slice the carrots, grind the garlic, chop the cilantro, and add all other ingredients while the carrots are still hot. Mix well.

  3. Taste to correct flavours.



Arisa:

100 gram red chilis

1/2 bundle cilantro

3-4 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp sweet paprika

1/4 tsp koriander seed powder

dash of clove

4-5 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp each salt and pepper


Directions:


Grind it all in a mixer and it's ready. It's better to do it in phases- first the chilis, then gralic, then cilantro and only after that add the other ingredients. If you don't have a strong mixer the separation will help to create a smoother texture.







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