Whole Roasted Carrots with Black Lentils and Green Harissa

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Prep time 50mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 4-6

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For the Carrots


  • 2 pounds Jumbo carrots, washed well
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Blackening Spice (or Cajun seasoning)

For the Lentils


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups Dried Black or Green Lentils, picked through and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons blackening spice (or Cajun seasoning)

For the Green Harissa


  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Step 2

    Toss the carrots on a sheet pan with the olive oil and blackening spice. Roast until they just start to become tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, to make the lentils, heat the oil in a medium stockpot over high heat until it ripples. Add the minced onions and garlic and cook, stirring until brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the stock, lentils and blackening spice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, combine all of the harissa ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Step 5

    To serve, spoon the lentils onto a serving dish, place the roasted carrots on top of the lentils, and cover the carrots with the harissa.