Moroccan-Style Spicy Carrot Dip Recipe

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Spicy, pungent harissa and briny olives balance the sweetness of puréed glazed carrots.

Note: Harissa is a Tunisian spice pasted made from piri-piri peppers. It can be found in cans or bottles in most major supermarkets or specialty grocers.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 12 to 16 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into rough chunks

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1 (1-inch) knob ginger, grated on the medium holes of a box grater

  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained

  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives, roughly chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons harissa, or more to taste (see note)

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 recipe grilled naan or store-bought flatbread heated on grill or in a dry skillet

Directions

  1. Place carrots in a large saucepan and cover with water by 1/2 an inch. Add sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender, liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is a golden blond caramel color, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and immediately add half a cup of water. Transfer carrots and caramel to the bowl of a food processor.

  2. Add cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger, capers, olives, parsley (or cilantro), and harissa. Pulse until the carrots are roughly chopped, 6 to 8 one-second pulses, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary. With processor running, drizzle in most of olive oil, saving a couple tablespoons for garnish. Season to taste with more salt.

  3. Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with remaining olive oil, and serve with warm flatbrad.

Special equipment

food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
291 Calories
12g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 291
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 250mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)