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Spiced Carrot Spread

This simple recipe for carrot spread takes on the flavors of the Middle East. Steamed carrots are pureed with cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and tahini to create a robustly flavored appetizer. Serve with toasted cocktail-size bread slices.

  • Servings: 4
Spiced Carrot Spread

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2011


  • 6 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with 2 inches simmering water. Add carrots. Cover and steam until tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, along with garlic, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, tahini, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, adding up to 2 tablespoons water if necessary.

Reviews (3)

  • ChristinaA123 22 Nov, 2012

    I have to agree wholeheartedly with the review by MarthaFish. This really tasted a lot like ground up carrots. It needs something more to "kick it up" and GeorgiaRenee has some excellent suggestions. This recipe on its' own is far too bland and healthy does not need to equal bland!

  • GeorgiaRenee 28 Mar, 2012

    Made some adjustments and this was great - first I roasted the carrots in a little evoo until caramelized and soft. Then I pureed with the remaining ingredients, though I added more cumin, cinnamon and grated ginger. I also added more tahini and a little more evoo to make it more creamy.

  • MarthaFish 13 Nov, 2011

    This just tasted like carrots ground up. There was nothing to bind it togetther

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