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.

Cook's Notes

To store, refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 3 days


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