Since we’re on a curry kick around here, I decided you need a dose of curry powder in your life. Regular ol’ cooked carrots are ho-hum, bland, and boring. *Yawn* Add a dash of curry powder and cooked carrots have zip, zing, and pizzazz. It’s like vanilla ice cream getting all dressed up in fancy syrup and going out on the town with the sprinkles and bits of candy. Only this is carrots. Back to carrots. Plain carrots get dressed up in some curry powder with a hint of sweet and a hint of spicy. You can go back to thinking about ice cream after you eat your vegetables.
For Curry Carrots, start by washing and peeling your carrots. If you use the slicer attachment in a food processor, you will have 2 pounds of sliced carrots in about 5 seconds. You can also slice them by hand, but your slices will probably not be as thin as a food processor, so add a few minutes of cooking time to the carrots. Saute in coconut oil and add a dash of salt, pepper, and curry powder.
So what exactly is in the curry powder you are dashing on your carrots? Curry powder is a blend of many different herbs and spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, allspice, ginger, mustard, chilies, fenugreek and more depending on the variety. If you buy curry powder at the regular grocery store, you will get a good blend for this recipe. If you are adventurous and go to an ethnic market, you will have a variety to choose from. Pick a curry powder that is a sweet (mild) instead of hot.
If you have a jar of curry powder that has been hanging out in your kitchen since Aunt Edna gave you a spice rack back in 2012, it’s time to start over. For that matter, any spice that is over a year old needs to be replaced by a fresher version stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Try buying spices in small amounts to last several months. Remember, the more inexpensive the spice, the less potent it probably is and the more you need to use. Pay a little bit more for high quality, potent flavor and a little will go a long way. A few places to buy high quality spices:
Bulk section at health food store
Ethnic market (Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian)
Yum, yum, yum. Become best friends with curry powder and your life and your carrots will never be boring.
Twin Foodie Review: I wondered about the curry, but the sweet carrot with the curry was amazing. My husband really liked Curry Carrots and in his words…”I don’t even like cooked carrots.”