Carrot and Radish – Veg of the Week

The magical flavours of the Middle East

The magical flavours of the Middle East

I cannot believe that I have been posting “Vegetable of the Week” recipes for a while now and I have not yet shared this favourite of mine with you. This is one of these minimum effort, maximum taste dishes: whip this up at the last minute to go with your week night meal, or prepare it ahead as part of a fabulous dinner party spread.

The flavours have a hint of the Middle East which makes this a fabulous side dish for spicy lamb chops with cauliflower couscous, for example. But you can also keep it simple and just serve this up with some rice, a steamed chicken breast or a piece of fish.

(From “delicious – simpel & stijlvol”)
Serves 2

2 tbsp olive oil
1tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider (or white wine) vinegar
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp mild paprika powder
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 carrots
10 radishes
flat-leaf parsley


  1. Put a pot of water on to boil.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking together the oil, lemon, vinegar, honey, paprika, cumin and cinnamon.
  3. Cut the carrot into very thin slices.
  4. Blanch the carrot for 2 minutes in the boiling water. Drain and briefly rinse with cold water.
  5. Mix the hot carrots with the dressing and allow them to cool down at room temperature.
  6. Cut radishes into thin slices.
  7. Chop the parsley.
  8. Combine the carrot, radish with 2/3 of the parsley.
  9. Place on a serving platter and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

Serve with

Some of the health benefits of carrots

  • Good for your eyes – rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
  • Reduces the risk for cancer – with falcarinol and falcarindiol
  • Anti-Aging – The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells. And Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
  • Prevent Heart Disease – Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.(source:
    • afracooking said:

      Wat lief van je! Ja, is gewoon zo heerlijk simpel en tegelijkertijd zo smakelijk!

  1. Yum these kind of flavours would be so nice in a salad! I have a mild salad obsession so I’m definitely going to make this 🙂

  2. Liz said:

    I would serve the veggies with spicy kofta and pita, thank you very much. The recipe does sound very simple and I think it tastes very nice too. I love Indian spices, they are always readily available in my pantry. I shall try this out during the holiday season. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Fabulous 2014. Best wishes to your family too!

    • afracooking said:

      Knowing you, you will tweak and improve the recipe. So if you get round to trying it, let me know what you changed!! I also wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with happiness and joy and a New Year brimming with all that is good!

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