Spicy Maple Roast Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce

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It's a combination of three simple things that come together in one devilishly delicious dish: maple roasted carrots with a subtle hit of spice, crispy seasoned chickpeas and a cool, creamy yogurt sauce with a lovely subtle hit of garlic. Coffee, impressive side or meat-free meal!

Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce on a Plate

Spicy Maple Roast Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce

I love this kind of dishes. Take the good but nothing spectacular. In today's case, spicy maple roasted carrots (3 ingredients), crispy chickpeas (crack a can) and yogurt sauce.

Individually – well.

Together – incredible!

What makes it so special here is the contrast of flavors and textures. Sweet and spicy with carrots. Crunchy and delicious from chickpeas. Creamy and cooling with lemon garlic yogurt sauce.

It is so, so, so good!

I also think you'll appreciate the convenience of the build process. Both the carrots and chickpeas cook in the oven at the same time, taking about 30 minutes for the carrots to caramelize and soften, and the chickpeas to crisp and crunch in the tray.

You spoon big swirls of yogurt sauce onto a platter, pile the glistening carrots on top and shower it with chickpeas, stand back, and you instantly know you've just made something delicious. Made it!

Close-up of Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

How much do you wish that spoon would go to the mouth at this time?

Ingredients

Here's what you need to make these Stuffed Spicy Maple Roast Carrots: Actually not so much! I have divided it into groups for ease of reading.

Carrot options

I love the scenes of dutch carrots, but you can use regular carrots instead. Just cut them in quarters or halves lengthwise so they're about the width of dutch carrots.

Ingredients for Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Spicy Maple Sauce for Roasting

Just Sriracha (for the spice and vinegar) and maple syrup. You can use honey instead, although I love the maple flavor in this dish.

Ingredients for Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Just a box of chickpeas and a simple masala makes a great addition. Crunch And extra fun in this dish! It also contains starch which turns it into a foodstuff.

Ingredients for Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Lemon Garlic Yogurt Chutney

Here's what you need for the yogurt sauce. It's a simple, powerhouse sauce that's incredibly versatile that I use often, from chicken shawarma wraps to atop roasted pumpkin, from koftas to lamb burek. Use good Greek or Greek-style yogurt if you can, otherwise plain yogurt (not sweetened or flavored).

Ingredients for Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

How to make it

Toss and roast. It really takes everything! Both the chickpeas and the spicy maple roast carrots will take about 30 minutes in the oven so we can do both at the same time.

How to make Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce
  1. Dry roast simple Chickpeas – Take out gram and spread it on a tray then roast for 10 minutes. It works wonders for crispy oven-roasted chickens – without waiting for them to dry out or rubbing them dry with tea towels!

  2. Weather – Then toss the chickpeas with the oil, salt, pepper and seasonings. I just do this on the tray – if you have a rubber spatula, you can scrape and toss quite effectively straight onto the tray.

How to make Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce
  1. Roast – Then roast the chickpeas for another 20 to 25 minutes until they are crispy. You'll know when they're ready by shaking the tray because they'll make noises around the tray.

  2. Toss Carrots, maple syrup, salt, pepper and oil in Sriracha.

How to make Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce
  1. Roast for 30 minutes – Spread on a tray then bake for 30 minutes until the carrots are soft and slightly caramelised.

  2. Yogurt sauce – Mix the ingredients until combined.

How to make Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce
  1. Extra sauce (Optional) – I also like to mix plain maple and just a splash of sriracha to put as a dressing. Mainly for the extra sauce, because the sauce used to roast the carrots is caramelized on the carrots like we want, instead of pooling on the tray, and I love the hit of fresh grapes that Sriracha dish has. I bring But it's optional!

  2. To add – Then spread the yogurt sauce on a plate to assemble. Pile on the carrots, including draining any remaining juice on the tray. Drizzle over extra maple Sriracha sauce, then drizzle over chickpeas. Sprinkle with cilantro (and pistachios as an optional extra, if using) and serve immediately!

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How to Serve These Stuffed Spicy Maple Roast Carrots

Think beyond the side dish!

  1. As food – Hand on heart, what you see in the pictures was my lunch then dinner (I was stuffing carrots in warm pita bread).

  2. Salad lunch * spread with friends. – This oddly titled concept is something I like to do especially at lunch gatherings with friends. I offered a selection of what I call a “coffee salad” (ie not just a bowl of leafy greens), crusty bread, and usually some crudités with hummus or feta dip. This dish is definitely going to make my next salad lunch spread!

    I love making this salad spread because it's something different, people always like a choice of dishes, I choose salads that can be made ahead and are usually gluten free, vegetarian and/or vegan. There is an easy way to deal with someone's inevitable presence. Trying to stay healthy.”

  3. As a side dish. Yes, I had to list it! And definitely an occasion-worthy side dish.

There you go! I would love to know what you think of this dish. I'm always in awe of the recipes I just invent over the sink, usually when I'm inspired by a special ingredient on special (in this case, dutch carrots!). – Nagy X


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Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce on a Plate

Spicy Maple Roast Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce

Servings5 As a side, 2 – 3 as a main

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Instruction video above. It's a combination of 3 simple things that are devilishly good together: mildly spicy caramelized maple roasted carrots, crunchy chickpeas and a cooling creamy yogurt sauce with a subtle hint of garlic. Chickpeas add a great crunch and since they are starchy, you can easily serve this main side dish as a meal. Carrots and chickpeas both take about 30 minutes in the oven but you may need 5 minutes or more depending on how long you take the tray out to toss/season etc. May have to increase.

Ingredients

Additional sauce (optional) – note 2

Lemon Garlic Yogurt Sauce:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/425°F (180°C fan). Arrange the oven racks so that they are 20 cm/8 inches apart (for air circulation).

  • Chickpeas and Carrots – Drain chickpeas and spread them on a tray (still wet). Toss the carrots with the spicy maple sauce ingredients. Place both trays in the oven (carrots on the top shelf).

  • Grams 10 minutes + 20 minutes – Remove the dry gram from the oven after 10 minutes (Note 4). Push them to one side of the tray, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with all the spices, salt and pepper. Toss well using a rubber spatula, then return to the oven for a further 20 minutes until crisp (hear a clap when you shake the tray – or eat one! Note 4).

  • Carrots 30 minutes – Roast the carrots for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through, until they are soft and caramelized at the edges.

  • Yogurt Sauce – Mix the ingredients in a bowl and set aside for at least 20 minutes to let the flavors develop.

  • Extra Sauce – Mix until combined.

  • Assemble – Spread the yogurt sauce on a plate. Pile on the carrots, scraping up every drop of juice onto the tray. Drizzle with additional sauce, if using. Sprinkle over the chickpeas, then the coriander and pistachios. Eat!

Instructions Notes:

Spice Notes: Not so spicy, roasting adds a bit of a spicy edge to the sriracha. If you're concerned, then cut back.If you want it extra spicy at the end, add a little more sriracha when making extra sauce.
1. Carrots – I use dutch for visual purposes and because when I made it for photos, dutch carrots were special. But regular carrots can be used in a pinch. Cut them vertically into long pieces about the width of Dutch carrots (quarters for regular carrots, halves for small ones).
2. Extra sauce – I like to add a touch of extra sauce at the end because all the sauce caramelizes in the oven and coats the carrots (on purpose). I also love the tang of grapefruit that Sriracha brings to the dish.
3. Pistachio – A late addition to the dish included in the video that made it even better! For taste and looks good. But this is optional. Fry in a dry pan (no oil) on medium heat until small golden spots appear. Remove, cool, slice.
4. Roasted gram It should be crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The initial 10 minutes of dry roasting will make these oven-baked chickpeas crispier than conventional air- or towel-drying techniques, but the truth is they'll never be as crispy as deep-frying (and this Well, our hips are happy with that) and they don't stay crispy for more than 2 hours unless you roast them for 45 minutes until they're hard all the way through (they're too hard to eat in my opinion).
left over Will keep very well for a day, bring them to room temperature (it's a little messy to separate the yogurt from the carrots to warm the carrots). Otherwise, keep the ingredients aside and heat the carrots. Grams don't stay crispy for more than a couple of hours in the oven.
Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings as a side.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 304Cal (15%)Carbohydrates: 41Yes (14%)Protein: 8Yes (16%)fat: 13Yes (20%)Saturated Fat: 3Yes (19%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2YesMonounsaturated fats: 8YesCholesterol: 6mg (2%)Sodium: 632mg (27%)Potassium: 683mg (20%)Fiber: 8Yes (33%)Sugar: 20Yes (22%)Vitamin A: 20221IU (404%)Vitamin C: 14mg (17%)Calcium: 147mg (15%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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