Cooking with Spices For Dummies
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Spiced with the complementary duo of cumin and coriander, these carrots are sweet and delicious. Note that older, large carrots take longer to cook than baby carrots.

[Credit: © Sekowska]
Credit: © Sekowska

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Spice meter: Mildly spiced

1 pound carrots, peeled and cut in 1/4 inch slices, or 1 pound baby carrots, peeled and trimmed

1-1/2 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup water or orange juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the carrots, butter, water, sugar, cumin, and coriander.

    When the water boils, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Uncover and raise the heat to medium.

    Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender and the liquid is evaporated, about 7 to 10 minutes depending on the size of the carrots. Toss the carrots with the cilantro and serve.

Omit the cumin and coriander. In Step 1, add 1/2 cinnamon stick and 5 lightly bruised cardamom pods along with the carrots, butter, water, and sugar. Follow the recipe as directed. Remove the whole spices after cooking. Replace the cilantro with chopped fresh parsley or mint.

Per serving: Calories 88 (From Fat 33); Fat 4g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 59mg; Carbohydrate 13g (Dietary Fiber 3g); Protein 2g.

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Jenna Holst is the author of Stews, (Hungry Minds, 1998) and Cooking Soups for Dummies, (Hungry Minds, 2001). Her work has been featured in many national magazines, including Food & Wine, Weight Watchers, and Reedbook. She has worked for many years as a food writer, culinary instructor, and consultant. Her clients have included several book publishers as well as PBS and cable television programs. Formerly a resident of New Jersey, she currently lives in South Africa.

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