[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

If you're bored of just steamed carrots or crunchy carrot sticks, this is a deliciously different way take advantage of the bright sweet carrots in the market right now. This simple stir-fried carrot dish can be eaten warm as a side dish or cool as a salad. Its use of spices—curry leaves, mustard seeds, turmeric, red chili powder, and green chilies—is minimal, and they don't overwhelm the carrots' earthy flavor.

In Indian cuisine, carrots get transformed into a variety of dishes, so this is just the beginning. Keep an eye out for a future recipe on the carrot-based Indian dessert Gajar Ka Halwa.

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About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.


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