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Roasted Carrots with Chickpeas, Red Onion & Mint

A simple roasted carrot side dish that is packed with flavour thanks cumin roasted chickpeas, caramelised red onion, fresh mint and a fabulously spiced sunflower seed dressing. Perfect on its own (vegan) or topped with crumbled feta.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 as a side
Calories 206 kcal
Autor Elle

Ingredients

For the roasted vegetables and chickpeas:

  • 650 g small to medium carrots (1 bunch), peeled, halved lengthwise, larger carrots cut in half (finger length pieces)
  • 6 small red onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 x 400 g can chickpeas drained, rinsed, and patted dry with a paper towels
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, coarsely chopped
  • a pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped or torn into pieces

To serve (optional):

  • crumbled feta cheese

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425°/ 220°C line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the carrots on one baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and toss to coat. Add the onions to the second baking sheet, toss with 1/2 tablespoon oil, and arrange on one half of the baking sheet. (Make sure to give the vegetables plenty of room, this is key to getting perfectly roasted veg with nicely browned, caramelized edges – crowded vegetables steam!)
  2. In a small bowl, toss the chickpeas with the ground cumin and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Transfer to the baking sheet with the onions.
  3. Arrange sheets in the oven, with carrots in the top third of oven. Roast, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and tender, 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven. Move the tray with the onions and chickpeas to the middle of the oven, and roast another 5-10 minutes, until onion browned in places. Remove and set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the sunflower seeds, coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, and paprika. Cook stirring often, until spices are fragrant and oil gently bubbling, about 2 minutes (be careful not to burn!). Remove from heat, let cool, then stir in the vinegar and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the roasted carrots and onions to a large serving plate or shallow serving bowl, drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat well. Scatter the mint leaves over top. If desired, serve the geröstete Karotten with crumbled feta on the side, if desired. Enjoy!

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