Roasted Carrots with Chile Yogurt & Cilantro Sauce

serves 4

recipe adapted from Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi

  • 2 lbs. assorted carrots, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1  3/4 oz. cilantro, leaves and stems, plus extra leaves for garnish
  • 2  1/2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 425F.

Sprinkle cinnamon on a baking sheet and mix with 2 tablespoons olive oil,  3/4 teaspoon salt, and a good grind of fresh cracked pepper. Toss carrots in cinnamon oil mixture to evenly coat and roast for 35-40 minutes, until soft and nicely browned. Remove carrots from the oven and set aside to cool.

To make herb paste, blitz garlic in a mini food processor until coarsely chopped. Place the cilantro and the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil and a generous pinch of salt in the processor with the garlic and blitz to form a fine paste, and set aside.

Turn down the oven temperature to 350F. Lay the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

When you are ready to serve, swirl together the yogurt and the sriracha sauce. Lay the carrots on a platter and drizzle the spicy yogurt sauce and then herb paste on top. Scatter the pumpkin seeds on top followed by extra cilantro leaves.