Indian carrot salad

Indian carrot salad

Serves 4

  • 600 g quality coarsely ground lean lamb

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • sea salt

  • 500 g carrots (mixed colours if possible), peeled

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked

  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, leaves picked

  • For the dressing

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 3 shallots or 1 small red onion, peeled

  • 1 lemon zest and juice of

  • 1 heaped teaspoon freshly grated ginger

  • extra virgin olive oil

Heat a large frying pan and fry your ground lamb until all the fat comes out of it. Add the garam masala and a good pinch of salt and give it a stir. Keep frying until the meat is lovely and crispy. Shave the carrots into long thin strips with a speed peeler or a mandolin slicer and keep them to one side.



Heat a small frying pan over a moderate heat and toast the cumin seeds for 30 seconds – they will start to smell nutty and gorgeous. You're not trying to cook the seeds here, you're just waking their flavours up a bit. Put them into a pestle and mortar and grind them up. Place the pan back on the heat and toast the sesame seeds until golden. Transfer them to a plate.



Slice your peeled shallots or onion wafer thin. As with all salads that contain onion, you don't want to be coming across great big chunks! If you don't feel confident about your knife skills, use the coarse side of a box grater instead. This will almost mush your onions to a purée, but at least you won't come across any big bits.



To make your dressing, put the lemon zest and juice into a bowl and add the shallots or onion, grated ginger, ground cumin and a pinch of salt. Whisk everything together with about 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Pour the dressing over the carrots, add the coriander and mint leaves, and mix it all together using your fingers. It's important that you have a little taste to check whether the dressing needs more lemon juice, oil or seasoning.



Divide the crunchy lamb mince between four plates and put the dressed salad on top. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Served with naan bread, some yoghurt and lemon halves, this makes a great snack!

Nutritional Information

Indian carrot salad

With crispy spiced minced lamb and naan breads

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Zingy, crunchy and light, this colourful carrot and lamb salad makes a brilliant side dish or snack
Serves 4
30m
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This is a beautiful, fresh, Indian-style salad with a zingy crispness that goes wonderfully with spicy lamb. The dressed carrots can be served on their own with some added apple or celery for extra sweetness and crunch.

Heat a large frying pan and fry your ground lamb until all the fat comes out of it. Add the garam masala and a good pinch of salt and give it a stir. Keep frying until the meat is lovely and crispy. Shave the carrots into long thin strips with a speed peeler or a mandolin slicer and keep them to one side.

Heat a small frying pan over a moderate heat and toast the cumin seeds for 30 seconds – they will start to smell nutty and gorgeous. You're not trying to cook the seeds here, you're just waking their flavours up a bit. Put them into a pestle and mortar and grind them up. Place the pan back on the heat and toast the sesame seeds until golden. Transfer them to a plate.

Slice your peeled shallots or onion wafer thin. As with all salads that contain onion, you don't want to be coming across great big chunks! If you don't feel confident about your knife skills, use the coarse side of a box grater instead. This will almost mush your onions to a purée, but at least you won't come across any big bits.

To make your dressing, put the lemon zest and juice into a bowl and add the shallots or onion, grated ginger, ground cumin and a pinch of salt. Whisk everything together with about 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Pour the dressing over the carrots, add the coriander and mint leaves, and mix it all together using your fingers. It's important that you have a little taste to check whether the dressing needs more lemon juice, oil or seasoning.

Divide the crunchy lamb mince between four plates and put the dressed salad on top. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Served with naan bread, some yoghurt and lemon halves, this makes a great snack!

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 385
    19%
  • Carbs 13.6g
    5%
  • Sugar 10.8g 12%
  • Fat 21.9g 31%
  • Saturates 8.7g 44%
  • Protein 30.6g 68%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 600 g quality coarsely ground lean lamb

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • sea salt

  • 500 g carrots (mixed colours if possible), peeled

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked

  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, leaves picked

  • For the dressing

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 3 shallots or 1 small red onion, peeled

  • 1 lemon zest and juice of

  • 1 heaped teaspoon freshly grated ginger

  • extra virgin olive oil