These aren’t your mom’s carrots. No offense to your mom or her maple glazed carrot sticks, but these are a whole different ball game.
Besides peas, corn and canned pears, the only whole food my mom could get me to eat was carrots. She’d always cook them in pot roasts and they’d get so soft and sweet that I thought they were candy.
These roasted carrots take on a similar softness but are slightly more savory than sweet. That’s because I doused them in curry powder*, one of my new favorite spice blends. The sweet comes from the carrot’s natural sweetness and homemade peanut sauce. Such a brilliant combination.
*Note: learn about the origin of curry powder and find a DIY recipe here.
I attempted to make coconut millet for this recipe but it totally failed. So I tried it again using vegetable stock. Much tastier, much less sticky, much…better. If anyone masters the art of making coconut millet let me know. I certainly have not found the “trick” yet.
These carrots would make a lovely side to any entree, especially spicy grilled chicken or even baked lentils. I kind of love carrots on their own so I was content to just have them over the millet with a little peanut sauce*, which I found plenty filling. But feel free to treat this recipe as inspiration and make it your own. That has me thinking a curried carrot peanut soup would be amazing….maybe next time.
*Note: you can learn about peanut sauce and its origins here.
Curry Roasted Carrots with Peanut Sauce
- 1 medium bundle carrots (rinsed, scrubbed, tops removed and cut in half if large // 1 bundle yields ~8 carrots)
- 1-2 Tbsp melted coconut oil (for roasting // or sub olive or avocado oil)
- 2 tsp curry powder
- ~1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
- Peanut Sauce (for topping)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked millet (preferably in vegetable stock for best flavor)
- Minced basil and/or cilantro
- Crushed peanuts
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C).
- Place carrots on baking sheet and toss with oil, salt, pepper and curry powder.
- Roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender and brown, tossing once halfway through.
- In the meantime prepare peanut sauce (see link above).
- Once carrots are roasted, place over 3/4 cup millet and top with peanut sauce. Other toppings might include sriracha, fresh herbs, crushed peanuts, or lime juice.