Sesame Carrots

If you’re like me, you almost always have carrots in the fridge. This recipe, with sesame seeds and ginger is particularly warming, and I enjoyed it on a cool northern California evening when the winds were stirring up vata.

Ayurveda Stats…Carrots are sweet, nourishing, warming and grounding.  Particularly balancing for vata… which means they are especially great to partake in during vata season (autumn) or if your lifestyle has been vata derranged (lots of travel or movement or excessive talking, for example).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrots, sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 inch shredded ginger
  • 2 TB Butter (to balance pitta), Ghee (to balance vata), or sunflower oil (to balance kapha)
  • 1 TB brown sugar or raw sugar (eg. turbinado)
  • Salt and black or white pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges (optional) – to serve with the carrots for squeezing
Process
  • Warm the butter, ghee or oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add the ginger, and stir about 1-2 minutes to infuse the oil
  • Add the carrots and salt and stir to coat
  • Cook (stirring occasionally) until the carrots are cooked through, not too firm, not too mushy
  • Stir in the sesame seeds, sugar and pepper
  • Serve with lime wedges
I served these carrots with Asparagus with Parsley and Skillet Cornbread.
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