Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One Fine Day And Some Roasted Carrots & Spring Onions With Chaat Masala

Roasted Root Vegetables with Tangy Indian Masala
Today I have way more photos to share with you than I have words. Photos from one fine day under the sun with some dear friends close by, the little one's soft chubby palm wrapped around my finger and a camera held in the other hand.

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It was a nice change to walk by people grabbing their coffee mugs rushing to work while me pausing after every two minutes taking pictures or following the little one running after pigeons.

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After a long time I finally got a much needed break from a hectic schedule. A few of us friends (Rose, Vijitha and Kankana) planned to drop whatever we were busy doing and just took a day off to unwind.

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As an added bonus, we also shared some common interests which, lets just say, involves camera and eating! So for one full day we ate, took photos, and then ate some more.

  produce at the farmer's market Farmer's Market

The same day at the farmer's market I picked some gorgeous root vegetables so I am sharing with you a quick recipe for some Roasted Heirloom Carrots and Spring Onions. These tender and vibrant little sweet treats demand no adulteration. Less does the trick with them. So I just tossed them in olive oil, threw them in the oven for a few minutes, sprinkled a dash of chaat masala and served with our evening chai. They went faster than you can imagine!

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Ingredients:
2 bunches of purple, yellow and orange heirloom carrots
1 bunch spring onions
1 tablespoon good quality extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala

Method:
Wash the root vegetables thoroughly under water. Wipe off any dirt. Chop of the green, leafy part and save then for other recipes. I chop them and mix with flour to make parathas, poori, roti or can use then in veggie burgers or rice pilaf.

Cut the onions from the middle into two. Toss the vegetables with olive oil and bake them at 400 deg. for approximately 12-15 minutes.

Once baked, pull the vegetables out, sprinkle chaat masala on top and serve with a cooler or chai. 

On a side note, I am excited to be interviewing with the fabulous Neel of Learn Food Photography next week! If you have any food photography questions that you would want to ask me then submit your questions to Neel here.

91 comments:

  1. A fabulous way of preparing heirloom carrots! Lovely clicks.

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  2. Beautiful pictures and so the recipe :) Prerna, your daughter is a darling! Super cute :) Love her eyes! May God Bless her :)

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  3. I loved all of these photos and enjoyed these carrots as well! Simply roasting them brings out all their wonderful earthiness and natural sweetness.

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  4. My lord! what photos. I was looking at the roasted carrots, they look so amazing.

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  5. those carrots look deliciously roasted! :D

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  6. Looks like you all have had a fabulous day! I have been seeing all the photos and each one of you are so talented!
    Love the roasted carrots.

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  8. Really lovely my dear! I need to try this ASAP.

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  9. Lovely pics!! You have a great blog!

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  10. how much fun can one have? Just kidding. I know you deserve a break and fun day out like these. Needless to say, everything looks great!

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  11. Isn't it very satisfying to be able to sit and relax while everyone rushes to work! hehe ;)

    On a serious note,very artistic clicks and lovely hues :)

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  12. Prerna you are like a Van Goh with your camera. Our beautiful day out looks even more beautiful through your eyes :* Love you and your your little butterfly! Next time we meet please bring me some of your chaat masala, my mouth is watering already!

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  13. Oh Prerna those carrots look amazing. I love roasted carrots. And I agree with Rose, you are amazing, the photos you take are just breathtaking.

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    Enjoyed seeing the lovely pictures on this post.

    Best.

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  15. You photography is always so amazing.. even that tiny label of organic peaches looks gorgeous! We should do such trips more :)

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  16. I've just recently started cooking with more Indian flavors and I'm definitely tempted to try this recipe. You take such beautiful pictures!

    Have a great day!

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  17. Lovely pictures Prerna. It was good to meet you all. Hope to meet more often. Amazing recipe too. Simple and looks great.

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  18. Such a lovely post Prerna! yes I totally agree with you, we need friends of our own at any point in life to hear us and support us to move forward. I am so glad that we girls met.

    And those pretty looking carrot looks so delicious. I am sure it would have caramelized so well that the addition of garam masala will give it a mild spice kick. As always gorgeous pictures from my gorgeous girl. Hugs!

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  20. I love the mood of this post. It's so relaxing and enjoyable. Also - that little girl? ADORABLE. Glad you got a day to eat and shoot and savor things. Glad to see it here.

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  21. Love the captures.. a day with friends is always such a treasure! the carrots look gorgeous too!

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  23. I made Indian food for the very first time yesterday, using only recipes from your site, and it was a total hit! This was one of the recipes I tried, and my boyfriend, who usually "forgets" to eat his vegetables, loved this the most out of everything. I love how simple it is to prepare, too. Thank you so much!

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  25. Beautiful site, made this simple dish and just to let you know 15 min. will not produce anything close to the beautiful photos produced or the result. so heres the deal,

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  26. I just love this carrot recipe and seeing my beloved hometown of San Francisco captured so beautifully. I spent many days wandering the city with my grandmother and mom, just as your little girl was doing with you. Memories that last a lifetime.

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