Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Tandoori Masala Carrots

A recipe I just made up a few years ago and my nine year old loved it. She calls these her " favorite " carrots. Who knew this little picky eater would love these flavours. Not only is it kid approved it's also easy as 1,2,3. 
Finally I remembered to take some pictures to post it before we ate them all this time.
Here it is.

1.Choose your carrots & peel them

2. Chop your carrots

3. Cook your carrots
That's it! 


8-10 average size Rainbow carrots or any of your choice
1/2 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Tandoori or indian masala spice
Salt & pepper ( optional )
If masala isn't a spice you like, try adding a spice you love to make it your own special dish.
Cajun, cayenne, chilli etc. Anything works.
** use organic when possible


Heat pan on high heat add oil and spices then add the chopped carrots. Coat carrots well with oil & spices.
Cook carrots till slightly tender with a crunch & are nice and brown on one or both sides. 
I use a cast iron pan not only for the extra iron but also because this pan can sear food so fast.

Everyone seems to love carrots. Finding the right flavours seems easy. This was my twist. Hope you enjoy this one or one you love.

Why eat carrots? Read why below!

Health Benefits

Health benefits of masala range as far as the individual health benefits of each of its ingredients, which include powerful antioxidants, antibacterials, antimicrobials and anti-inflammatories.

We often do not think of our spices as having health benefits rather just as a flavor/ingredient. But fact is they have multiple health benefits and are used Holistically & Medicinally for years & years. 

Nutritional Breakdown of Carrots ( courtesy of ) 

What are the health benefits of carrots? - Medical News Today

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    Dec 16, 2013 - Learn all about the health benefits that carrots provide. Our article features in- depth information on their nutritional content and the vitamins and ...
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one medium carrot or ½ cup of chopped carrots is considered a serving size. One serving size of carrots provides 25 calories, 6 grams ofcarbohydrate, 3 grams of sugars and 1 gram of protein.

    Photograph of carrots
    Carrots are rich in vitamin A.

    Carrots are an excellent source ofvitamin A, providing 210% of the average adult's needs for the day. They also provide 6% of vitamin C needs, 2% of calcium needs and 2% of iron needs per serving.

    It is the antioxidant beta-carotenethat gives carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into vitamin A during digestion.

    Carrots also contain fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.

    Farmer's markets and some specialty stores carry carrots in a range of colors - like purple, yellow, and red - that contain a variety of antioxidants lending them their color (such as anthocyanin in purple carrots and lycopene in red carrots).

    Possible Health Benefits of Carrots

    An overwhelming body of evidence exists suggesting that increased intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks, carrots included.

    Cancer: A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body.

    Lung Cancer: One study found that current smokers who did not consume carrots had three times the risk of developing lung cancer compared with those who ate carrots more than once a week.2

    Colorectal Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.3

    Leukemia: Carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression in a 2011 study.4

    Prostate Cancer: Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition.5

    Vision: According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye's photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision.6

    Studies have shown that it is unlikely that most people will experience any significant positive changes in their vision from eating carrots unless they have an existing vitamin A deficiency, which is common in developing countries.

    So where did all the hype surrounding carrots and vision come from? During World War II, the British Royal Air Force started an advertising campaign claiming that the secret to their fighter pilots clear, sharp vision was carrots. Realistically, the fighter pilot's accuracy was due to a new radar system the British wanted to keep secret from the Germans, but the rumor spread and remains popular today.

    Other possible benefits: The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.

    Like all plant based foods, carrots are no exception to containing many vitamins & minerals, which some were mentioned above. Here is a chart in detail of this. 

    Chart compliments of "The Worlds Most Healthiest Foods".

    Carrots, sliced, raw
    1.00 cup
    (122.00 grams)
    Calories: 50
    GI: low


     vitamin A113.2%


     vitamin K17.8%




     vitamin C9.6%





     vitamin E5.4%

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