Herbed Carrots with Ginger Garlic Butter


A no frill, no fancy quick recipe. This is done in my kitchen pretty often, esp. on the weeknights when I need to cook  quick & have balanced meal of veggies & proteins for the family. The carrots are crisp here but brimming with flavors. Cooking them a little bit, brings out the sweetness & richness of the taste.. This serves as great side dish when you have company too.

I am getting really choppy with the writing today:-D.. but before I move on to the recipe, here’s a Knock! Knock! from an uninvited guest from 6 AM till sundown, for the past week… have your Volume on for this, & then post me some ideas to how to put an end to this joke:-D


  1. 4  carrots, lightly peeled & cut in circles OR you can use baby carrots whole
  2. 3 garlic cloves, smashed & minced
  3. 1 tablespoon butter
  4. 1.5 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary (or any herbs, like thyme, parsley, cilantro etc)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  8. Black Pepper or Chili Flakes. whatever you prefer
  9. Salt


Add butter in large  skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger to pan. Cook for about a  minute, stirring constantly at low heat. Not heating the butter before, allows the flavor of the garlic & ginger to be infused in it while it heats up. Do not let the ginger & garlic turn brown.

Add the carrots, Rosemary (or any other herb), lemon zest, Black Pepper or Chili Flakes & Salt.

Stir & toss quickly for everything to be combined well.

Cover & cook for about 5-8 minutes. The carrots will  be crisp tender.

Drizzle some lime juice on the carrots & stir them together.

Serve warm or at room temperature as a side.


We usually have some lentils, or fish or chicken with this dish with a green salad & some bread, couscous, rice or whatever carb. is on the menu on the particular day…Sending this to Mahimaa’s 15 Minute Cooking!

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47 comments to Herbed Carrots with Ginger Garlic Butter

  • This looks really good!
    Simple and easy recipe with great flavors.

    Thank you.

  • Wow lovely simple dish…have never made carrots like this before…must a try..gorgeous picture 🙂

  • Ann

    Haha..soma,you too..on the knock knock
    lovely carrots ..can jus imagine the falvour..colorful and yes protien rich !!

  • Ann

    Btw,SOma,you can send this to Sanghi’s event on Carrots too..na ?

  • Looks like little birdie has a Trampoline down there! ;D

    Just read your comment there and replied. Hugs to you Soma, your time will come too when kids grow up a little. Hold on until then sweetie. You can come and stay with me!:)

    Carrot with Rosemary!! I can smell the aroma from here, lovely idea. I just trimmed my Rosemary plant, grown like crazy in Winter cold too.

  • I love carrots, I cook them as a side all the time. I’m always looking for new ways to make them, and this looks delicious!

  • I bought a whole bag of carrots on Sunday, will surely use this recipe to finish them up. I am currently in a caramelized onion phase, so will add that too 😀 I bought some thyme and mint plants last weekend, and my second basil plant is still alive!!

    I love caramelized onions. If i make them, most of it do not make to where they should. It should taste really good with this!

  • Always love quick recipes … always love garlic in butter … only I have to use dried herbs. 🙂
    Why don’t you cover the window for a few days … am sure it is the reflection thing that is getting the robin all worked up. 🙂

    Sharmila, window cover kortei to parchina, jekhane korchay that window is in our Foyer.. which is 2 stories high… & this window is high up almost near the 2 story ceiling where there is no way for us to reach;-(.. bechara o pagol hoye jaabe, ar amrao pagol hoye jaabo, oi sharadin thik tokani shune…

  • Love carrots..thats a yummy carrot dish..

  • Soma, the poor birdie is going to hurt itself. Sure is springtime. I have had a cardinal which comes knocking on my study window. But the minute he sees me he’s gone.

    Carrots look beautiful, I bet delicious as well.

    I know Indhu! But the problem is, it cannot see us. That window is at the 2 story high Foyer, where we cannot reach, even with a ladder. We tried putting a LONG duster on more poles & trying to scare it away, but it goes just temporarily & comes back again. it was gone for the past 2 days, but it’s back! the only way would be to cover the glass panes, but there is no way we can do that. what a sorry state for it.

  • Mmm… ginger garlic butter sounds great! Excellent for carrots!

  • I suggest using California-grown garlic, as third-party tests have proven California- grown garlic maintains it flavor throughout the life of a dish, whereas the flavor of Chinese garlic drops dramatically. Chinese garlic currently represents nearly 60% of the market.

  • Hi Soma,
    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLol, poor fella robin:) try reflectling some light on that fella hope it scares him off ! god this one is a funny episode, hope it gets away unhurt.

    healthy one soma, carrots herbed seem very aromatic and flavourful to the senses…mmmm(yahan bhi rosemary….mereko ye rosemary rose rose milti hai…lol)
    lovely clicks!

  • Wow love these carrots … very quick recipe ……… Thanks for the post ……

  • mohana

    This is real healthy !
    btw, you guys r real good with camera…..am almost a regular visitor of your and Arjun’s flicker as well !

  • […] Here`s a quick and easy, yet delightfully gourmet recipe that you can use as a side dish the next time you`re surprised by company last minute . . . Herbed Carrots with Ginger Garlic. […]

  • Cham

    Simple and quick, most important very pretty to attract the kids!

  • Carrots with all the herbs simply delectable and an easy to make dish… Soma do send this to sanghi’s fall in love with carrot’s — http://sanghi-tastybites.blogspot.com/2009/04/fall-in-love-with-carrots-for-season-2.html… This is an amzing dish for the event…

  • nice! love the spices u have used..thx for sending this dish to me.

  • The power of the simplicity.. ginger, carrots and garlic the point: healthy and other point: quicker is better!


  • What a lovely way to enjoy the goodness of carrots.

  • Love the simplicity of this dish, very colorful and tasty…ginger yummie!

  • sounds good and healthy..

  • What always draws me to cooking carrots is its colour. Amazing! 🙂

  • I love the pic soma… the color is so inviting.. I can eat the entire bowl 🙂

  • A&N

    Brilliant and easy! 🙂 And the kids like this?

    Yes! My kids are good with eating veggies..even more than fruits… carrots, broccoli, beans, peas, lettuce, all work really good!

  • quick and yummy – I bookmarked it as soon as I saw that it was under 15 minutes 🙂

  • Ben

    Simple and delicious, that’s my kind of recipe 🙂

  • sandeepa

    Awww poor birdie !!! Carrot dekhte heavvy lagche

  • This looks gorgeous, Soma. And so simple to put together too.
    I guess your little birdie problem’s solved now.:)

  • tbc

    At first, I thought you’d baked these. Looks lovely, Soma. 😀

    Checked out your husband’s flickr photostream. Some of the pics are simply stunning! Two of them in particular – your daughter’s portrait and the one of the raindrops on the rose plant- stood out. Fantastic!

  • simple and yummy.picture makes me to drool !!

  • The pic speaks all for itself….looking gorgeous. hey about the birdie I would trade for it any day for the four legged creatures who come over to my balcony to check out my pots….

  • Beautiful pictures! Loved the addition of ginger, garlic and rosemary to the cooked carrots.
    After being so used to the carrots from India, you cannot help but notice the difference here. The moment they are cooked, they have that sweet halwa taste 🙁

  • sig

    That is a very photogenic dish Soma! Love the bright orange color, and the plating. Great picture!

  • Been doing a very similar recipe for carrots but without the lime. I’m sure the acid makes it so much better.

  • Simple but gorgeous and so delicious I’m bet Soma! 🙂

  • Oh woooooooooooooooow………Very yummy way of indulging in carrots….Spicy and herby….

  • soma

    Thanks everyone!

  • VEry yummy carrot recipe..its simple and so tasty 🙂

  • Carrots are one of those veggies that are such a wonderful twist and surprise when I cook them! This looks really excellent, love the added ginger.

  • Love the addition of rosemary ,the salad looks refreshing.
    Sorry to hear you and DD had to go thro’ the same condition.Nabeel has tried homeo for year,I’m not sure if it had any effect.Thankfully he seems to be improving as he is growing,fingers crossed hoping he’ll grow out completely some day.My best healthy wishes to you and your family:)

  • This was a wonderful side dish – bursting with taste, easy, quick, and healthy! I made a vegan version with Earth Balance instead of dairy butter.

  • Great idea to add ginger and chili pepper! That will add a really nice dimension.

  • Thank you! It means I have idea for a dinner we have tomorrow:)

  • Fantastic. Needed a quick and easy recipe for carrots and tried this one. It only took me 56 years to find a recipe for cooked carrots that I liked and this is it. Made one substitution: used ghee instead of butter.

  • Bevin

    I made these tonight with fresh cilantro, and red pepper flakes. Subbed ghee for butter. Fresh and vibrant flavors. Phenomenal!

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