Mzoura is a spiced and cooked Carrot Salad recipe from Tunisia, at times made with parsnips too or with both carrots and parsnips. The balance of sweet, sour and spicy varies as well with personal taste, therefore you can experiment a little to achieve the blend of flavours that tickles your tastebuds.

My husband is not a big fan of raw carrots but I can’t resist buying them when the cheerful orange and red colours take over the vegetable stalls. Luckily, they taste great roasted, braised, steamed, sautéed, blanched and baked. I try to incorporate them in our diet in cooked form in different recipes. From egg rolls to good old carrot cakes, they appear a lot in our fall-winter and Spring menu. Cooked carrots are easier to digest too.

This simple recipe is my favourite way to eat carrots as they retain their crunch, colour and flavour without getting over cooked. The bright and beautiful cooked Carrot salad adds to the festive look of a celebration table as well as makes a healthy and yummy side for a week day lunch or even a brilliant snack!

You can add toasted sesame seeds, walnuts and raisins or use different colours of carrots to make it more interesting and glamorous for a special occasion.


1/2 kg carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon any hot sauce(harissa, sambal, sriracha)
Salt to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon olive oil
A small bunch coriander/cilantro leaves, chopped

This Is What You Do:

Peel and cut carrots into thin strips.

Boil water in a saucepan.

Add carrots to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Drain water and set aside carrots.

Heat oil in a frying pan on low heat. Add garlic, cumin, honey and hot sauce diluted with a few spoons of water. Sauté for a few seconds.

Add carrots, vinegar and salt.

Cook another 2-3 minute or till the liquid dries completely but the carrots are still soft crunchy.

Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve warm or room temperature.

Serves 2

9 Replies to “Mzoura, Cooked Carrot Salad”

  1. Wow! I love this salad! Hubby is always grumbling I cook carrots so maybe this way he will like it better, it has his favourite garlic in it so chances of him grumbling are less! I definitely love cooking carrots thing gajar halwa… 😀 Will comeback again t check the recipe.

  2. That’s an interesting cooked salad recipe with just carrots. Am sure it tastes really good with the spices and the hot sauce.

  3. Maria ,what a unique way of serving carrots. A perfect blend of sweet ,sour and spicy. A warm salad is welcome during winters.

  4. Such a tempting simple and rich in flavours carrot salad.. color is so vibrant.. a treat for eyes too along with taste buds!!

  5. Colourful and tasty! that’s my kind of salad! I love the idea of adding parsnip too. I think it’d also look lovely with the yellow andpurple carrots I’ve seen in the shops recently.

  6. Wow…. 😋😋So tempting carrot salad.
    InshaaAllah definitely I’ll will try once I started to cook food by myself self. 😊

    1. Hi Niloo,
      So good to hear from you and will definitely look forward to when you are back in the kitchen. I’m sure your family is impatiently waiting too 😄
      Thank you for taking time to comment because I know how busy you must be! 😊💕

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