There’s something about carrots at the farmers market that I find utterly addictive. I can’t pass them by without buying them, especially when they still have their beautiful green stems. They just get me every time.
Which is why I love when I come up with a recipe to use these beauties. And this is a recipe that is as addictive as those beautiful carrots. If you love tahini, you will love this recipe. There is a sweet and savory component: The carrots get sweet from roasting while the tahini adds a nutty richness. Brightened with fresh mint and crunchy pistachios, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
Oh, and it’s incredibly simple to throw together. Serve it with some simple salmon on a weeknight, or serve it with fancier entrees for guests on Shabbat or the holidays.
Roasted Carrots with Tahini, Mint and Pistachios
2 lbs whole carrots, peeled
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
salt and pepper
1/3 cup tahini (or more)
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
2 Tbsp unsalted pistachios, chopped fine
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place carrots on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix to coat evenly.
Cook for 25-35 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy on tips.
Remove from oven. Drizzle with tahini, fresh mint and chopped pistachios.
Note: If not serving right away, wait to drizzle with tahini, mint and pistachios until serving.
Pronounced: shuh-BAHT or shah-BAHT, Origin: Hebrew, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.