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Moroccan carrot dip

Jill says, “Serve this warmly coloured and sweetly spiced Moroccan carrot dip as part of a tabletop spread, along with some olives, flat bread, grills and salad.” We say, “whoa there! This is super-delicious! We used purple as well as normal carrots and with the paprika dye the result was a neon and spiced-up bowl of yum!” And of course I used coriander – not that I’m necessarily anti-parsley – but you just would, wouldn’t you?!

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Moroccan carrot dip

Fresh from the garden: carrots, garlic, lemon, olives, parsley or coriander
Recipe source: Jill Dupleix
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Medium saucepan& lid
  • Scales
  • Peelers
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Citrus juicer
  • Measures: tablespoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Bowls – large, small
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Salad spinner
  • Paper towel
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 500g carrots
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Half teaspoon ground cumin
  • Half teaspoon paprika
  • Half teaspoon ground ginger
  • Half teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Flaked salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons green olives
  • A small handful flat parsley or coriander leaves

What to do:

  • Fill the saucepan with water and set to boil.
  • Meanwhile peel the garlic clove, then peel the carrots, chop into large chunks and cook in simmering, salted water with the garlic for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Squeeze the lemon to yield 2 tablespoons juice.
  • Measure out the cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, honey and lemon juice into a small bowl.
  • Drain the carrots into the colander, and return to the hot, dry pan for a minute or two over medium heat to dry them out further.
  • Mash or whiz the carrots and garlic in the food processor until smooth. Add the bowl of spices, salt, honey and lemon juice and mix well or whiz again, scraping down with the spatula when needed.
  • Add the olive oil gradually, while still beating. Allow to cool for a minute or two.
  • Wash, spin-dry and chop the parsley or coriander leaves to yield 2 tablespoons.
  • Spoon into serving bowls, scatter with olives and parsley leaves and drizzle with a little extra olive oil to serve.

 Notes: Where is Morocco? What other spices can you think of? What is cayenne?

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Simon Rimmer’s carrot and coriander falafel

Simon Rimmer is a British chef with a reputation for heading wonderful vegetarian restaurants in England whilst not actually being vegetarian himself. He has written four cookbooks.

Fresh from the garden: carrot, chilli, coriander, parsley, mint

Equipment:

  • Frying pan
  • Mortar & pestle
  • Peelers, sieve
  • Kitchen paper
  • Salad spinner
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Lemon juicer
  • Garlic press
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Grater
  • Plate
  • Slotted spoon & metal spoon
  • Measures – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Serving plates
Ingredients:

For the falafels

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 100g carrot
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A small handful fresh coriander
  • A small handful fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • sesame seeds, to garnish

For the yoghurt dip

  • 100ml Greek yoghurt
  • A small handful fresh coriander
  • A small handful fresh mint
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon tahini

What to do:

  • For the falafels, toast the cumin and coriander seeds in the dry frying pan for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Grind the seeds in the pestle and mortar.
  • Peel and finely grate the carrot & squeeze the moisture out a piece of kitchen paper. Wash, spin-dry the coriander, parsley and mint and finely chop to yield 2 tablespoons of each. Reserve some of the coriander and all of the mint for the yoghurt dip. Zest the lemon and peel and crush the garlic clove. Juice the lime. Drain the chickpeas into the sieve & rinse.
  • Blend the toasted spices together with the rest of the falafel ingredients in the food processor until well combined.
  • Shape spoonfuls of the falafel mixture into balls and set aside on a plate.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1cm vegetable oil in the frying pan and fry the falafels for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove the falafel from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  • For the yoghurt dip, combine the Greek yoghurt, coriander, mint, lime and tahini in the jug of the stick blender and whizz until smooth.
  • Serve the falafels with the yoghurt dressing and toasted pita breads if you have them!
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