This roasted carrots recipe is easy, tender, and just really good. The carrots are oven baked whole and seasoned lightly with salt, nigella seeds, celery seeds, and some olive oil. It’s the perfect side dish and leftovers, if there are any, go great as a snack with some hummus or as is. If you prefer, cut carrots diagonally before roasting.
The carrots are oven baked whole and seasoned lightly with salt, nigella seeds, celery seeds, and some olive oil. Bake 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. I like softer roasted carrots, so I oven roast for 40 minutes. If you prefer a little crunch, I recommend 35 minutes. The full recipe is provided in the recipe card later on.
This recipe makes 6 whole carrots, or 6 servings.
Cooking with Nigella Seeds
I love cooking with nigella seeds. Nigella seeds are great in curry mixtures, vegetable dishes, lamb, lentils, chutneys, and even baking cakes and breads. They have a flavor similar to a bitter pepper. Try substituting nigella seeds out for black pepper.
Recipe Variations for These Roasted Carrots
Nigella seeds are not an easy to find ingredient. I order them online and linked the ones I use for reference. Nigella seeds originate from India and are commonly known as black cumin or black onion seeds although the flavor is more similar to pepper. There are ways to substitute nigella seeds that don’t compromise the taste of this roasted carrots recipe.
Nigella Seeds Substitute
For this roasted carrots recipe, and as a substitute for nigella seeds generally, celery seeds have a similar flavor as well as oregano. This recipe already includes celery seeds, which is found easily in most grocery stores, so simply swap out the nigella seeds for oregano and crushed black pepper for these oven roasted carrots.
Also try a smaller amount of cumin seeds. Cumin seeds have a similar intense savory element like nigella seeds and also a bit of the nutty flavor. Another similar flavor and texture is caraway seeds. Finally, try black sesame seeds. It won’t give you the same flavor, but gives the same look with an ingredient that is easier to find in the grocery store.
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Notes + Tips For This Roasted Carrots Recipe
Use a vegetable peeler to help clean carrots. They look nicer this way.
Roasting carrots whole saves a lot of time. They are softer to cut after roasting, but if cutting beforehand cut in diagonal lines.
Don’t worry if you can’t find nigella seeds. There are great ways to make this recipe without them as I have suggested earlier.
Drizzle olive oil before adding seasoning to the carrots.
Massage olive oil into carrots directly in baking dish and then add seasoning.
Health benefits of roasted carrots with nigella seeds
Carrots are a low carb root vegetable with a lot of nutritional goodness. They are also high in fiber and a good source of beta carotene, vitamin K1, and potassium. Very weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.
Nigella seeds have great nutritional benefits also from blood sugar regulation to having cancer fighting properties. Check out a list of benefits here.
These are some really yummy carrots. Can’t wait for you to try them!
Roasted Carrots Recipe
This roasted carrots recipe is easy, tender, and just really good. The carrots are oven baked whole and seasoned lightly with salt, nigella seeds, celery seeds, and some olive oil. It's the perfect side dish and leftovers, if there are any, go great as a snack with some hummus or as is. If you prefer, cut carrots diagonally before roasting. 4g Carbs 1.4g Fat .5g Protein
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