Cumin roasted carrots and chickpeas are easy to prepare and perfect for a vegetarian meal option or a simple healthy side dish. This comforting, warming dish is coated in a lemon vinaigrette and a sprinkle of sliced scallions and parsley.
Why you'll love this dish
- Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots as they become golden on the edges and tender throughout. The cumin roasted chickpeas become slightly crunchy and spicy with a pinch of cayenne to give them some heat. The lemon vinaigrette then pops the flavors and gives a true brightness to the dish.
- Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene which helps support healthy skin, teeth and bones. The chickpeas provide protein and fiber, and the lemon and parsley help support digestion. Seasoned with warming spices, they help to stimulate circulation and add a depth of flavor to the dish.
- Carrots are an underrated vegetable that turn sweet and tender when roasted. They're easy to prepare, and add nice color to any dish.
- Chickpeas provide vegetarian protein and fiber and adds a slight crunch when roasted.
- Cumin, turmeric and cayenne pepper are antioxidant-rich warming spices.
- Lemon zest and juice brighten the flavors. Always choose organic lemons when using the zest of the lemon.
- Scallions and parsley top off the dish with a slight peppery taste that pairs well with the mild carrots.
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- Make sure carrots are fairly equal in thickness to ensure they bake evenly. Cut the carrots lengthwise in half or quarters if they are too thick.
- Pat the chickpeas dry before tossing with olive oil and spices. This will help the spices stick and flavor the chickpeas.
Heat oven to 425°F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper.
If carrots are thick, slice lengthwise in half or quarters, trying to keep all carrots similar in thickness to cook evenly. Place carrots and chickpeas on baking sheet and toss with olive oil, cumin, turmeric, cayenne and sea salt. Spread out evenly on pan, trying not to overlap.
Roast for 30-40 minutes (depending on thickness of carrots).
For the vinaigrette, add the lemon zest, juice, olive oil and sea salt to a small bowl and whisk; or shake in a mason jar until well combined. Pour over roasted carrots and chickpeas and gently toss.
Garnish with thinly sliced scallions (greens parts only) and chopped parsley.
Unpeeled carrots can have an earthier and bitter taste depending on the age and size of the carrot. The unpeeled carrots can also appear more wrinkled after roasting. Peeled carrots look brighter once the dusty peel is removed and allows more of the mild sweet flavor to come through. I often peel my carrots except when I find fresh, thin organic carrots - I just give them a good scrub with a vegetable brush to remove dust and dirt.
When roasting chickpeas with other vegetables, like the carrots, moisture develops in the oven. This allows the chickpeas to roast with a slight crispness to the outer shell but not as crispy as they would if roasted on their own. It does however add a welcome chewiness to the dish that pairs well with the tender carrots.
This roasted chickpea and carrot recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. It's better to store the lemon vinaigrette separately but it will still be fine if already tossed, the carrots and chickpeas may just be a little soft.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.Print