In my most-cherished Ottolenghi book ‘Plenty’, is this wonderfully aromatic and warming dish – it makes the perfect winter salad when plates of cold lettuce alongside dishes just don’t satisfy!
The sweetness of the carrots is perfectly complemented by the Moroccan Ras el hanout and the coriander adds a fragrant touch whilst the vinegar and yoghurt round it all out with a nice zing. I love to serve with some roast lamb rubbed with lashings of olive oil and generous amounts of Ras el Hanout.
In this recipe, Ottolenghi uses some preserved lemon rind, but if you don’t have one, simply use the zest of one lemon.
Here are some other great recipes using Moroccan spices
Spices used in this recipe
Moroccan Ras el Hanout – Med
Moroccan Ras el Hanout translates in Arabic to “top of the shop”, implying the spices used are the best the seller has to offer. Our mixture has 14 different herbs and spices delicately balancing the sweet and savoury flavours to give it a complex and well-rounded flavour without being overly spicy.$3.45
Chillies Crushed with seeds
Chillies are grown throughout the world and are used to add flavour and heat to many dishes. Dried chillies taste rather different to the fresh variety due to the caramelisation of the sugars that occurs during the drying process. They are used widely in Mexican, Asian, Indian and Italian dishes.$3.45
Peel the carrots and cut them, depending on their size, into cylinders or semi-circles 1cm thick; all the pieces should end up roughly the same size. Place in a large saucepan and cover with salted water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until tender but still crunchy. Drain in a colander and leave to dry out.
Heat the oil in a large frypan and saute the onion for 12 minutes on medium heat until soft and slightly brown. Add the cooked carrots to the onions, followed by all the remaining ingredients, apart from the coriander and yoghurt. Remove from the heat and season liberally with salt, stir well and leave to cool.
Before serving, stir in the coriander, taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yoghurt, a drizzle of olive oil, and garnished with extra coriander.