Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots Recipe - Savory Spin (2024)

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Subtly flavored with mustard seeds and paprika, this 5-ingredient, Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots dish would make a lovely side for your Holiday dinner table or even a snack for every day!

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This Ginger Cardamom Carrots recipe is such an easy one! It is perfect to serve up any day of the week as a side dish, from burgers and fries to a more formal steak or roast chicken dinner. It also pairs well with curries and rice or roti.

Not only that, but it is a vegan/vegetarian recipe that also makes for a tasty holiday side dish as well.

And, you only need 5 ingredients to make this dish. Yes – that’s F-I-V-E ingredients!

What are the ingredients needed to make this Ginger Cardamom Carrots?

  1. Carrots
  2. Ginger
  3. Cardamom pods
  4. Mustard seeds
  5. Paprika

Recently, I had the honor of attending a special event hosted by Macy’s Culinary Council in celebration of Macy’s birthday here in Atlanta.

And, at this event, I got to sit in on a cooking demo by the winner of Season 3 of The Next Iron Chef, the owner of American Cut and Macy’s Culinary Council Chef, Marc Forgione!

Forgione’s waffles and quail (a twist on the south’s infamous waffles and chicken) and his 10-minute marinara sauce were taste-bud-tantalizing in the best way possible!

But what really blew my mind were his tips on how to make little adjustments and alterations to produce these taste-bud-tantalizing concoctions!

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Life’s always about learning – right?

Prior to last night, I would never have thought to infuse rosemary and ginger (or any other spice and herb combo) into warmed honey.

Or, to use brown butter flavored with a herb and not the actual herb itself to render a subtle taste to whatever that brown butter was used in! Ahhhh, it is always about those little things – eh?!

I am super excited to have received a copy of his cookbook “Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant” and over the next few months, I plan on tackling some of his recipes and sharing them on here with little tweaks that fit into my everyday eating – hoping they will fit into yours too.

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Today’s Ginger Cardamom Carrots however are not from his cookbook. I actually whipped these carrots up to nibble on before I drove down to the event last night.

And, in a weird coinky-dink kinda way, these subtly spiced carrots rely on little adaptations and spices to really make them shine.

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How to make this Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots?

To start these carrots off, I sautéed some fresh, grated ginger and some mustard seeds in some extra virgin olive oil.

Right as the mustard seeds started to dance around in the hot oil, I added in some cardamom pods and the carrots.

I used cardamom pods for an aromatic effect. I didn’t use powdered cardamom, as that would change the taste of this dish drastically.

I finished this dish off with a smidge of paprika and seasoned it with salt and pepper before I introduced my fork to it!

Y’all know what – while these Ginger Cardamom Carrots were an appetizer for me, these would also make for a wonderful side dish on your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table!

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How to store these Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots?

These Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator. They should be good for 5–7 days.
If making these carrots for a holiday get-together, this dish can be made 2–3 days ahead. And, leftovers (if there are any), could be stored for another 2–3 days after.

How to reheat this Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots dish?

There are two ways to reheat these Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots. One is by placing this dish in a microwave-safe dish and microwaving it on high for about 30 seconds. If it isn’t warm enough, then reheat for another 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until warm enough to your preference.
The other way (the method I prefer) is to place this Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots in a lightly greased, large frying pan and place it over a stove set to medium heat/flame. Heat it, stirring often, for about 3-5 minutes.

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Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Subtly flavored with mustard seeds and paprika, these Ginger Cardamom Carrots would make a lovely side dish for your Holiday dinner table or even a snack for everyday!


  • 3 tablespoons oil of your choice
  • 6 carrots sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds I used the black ones
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley - for garnish optional


  1. Add the oil, grated ginger and mustard seeds into a large frying pan and place it over a low-medium flame and stir so ginger doesn't stick or burn
  2. As soon as the mustard seeds start to dance around as the oil warms, add in the carrots and cardamom pods
  3. Lower the flame and cover the pan and let it cook for about 7-9 minutes with the lid on, shaking the pan so carrots don't burn
  4. Sprinkle the paprika and season with salt and pepper - give it a good stir, garnish (optional) and enjoy!


Make sure to use cardamom pods, they can usually be found in the International section of your grocery store. If you cannot find them, then omit them - they are added for aroma more than taste in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield 6
Amount Per ServingCalories 90Total Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 6.5gSugar 3.1gProtein 0.7g

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