Roasted Carrots and Labneh

Roasted Carrots and Labneh

Roasted Carrots and Labneh 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Carrots tossed in aromatic spices, then roasted and served on a bed of creamy labneh. This Middle Eastern exotic side dish is full of flavour and texture and delicious to the last bite. The sweet and creamy combination makes the perfect vegetarian side dish.

roasted carrots and labneh

Ingredients

  • 5 medium-sized carrots peeled & halved lengthways
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin ground
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • salt to season
  • dukkah to garnish

Labneh

  • 250 grams natural yogurt (full cream)
  • sprinkle of salt

Notes from Rouba

  • I love to also use the roasted thyme to garnish with.
  • Dukkah is a mixture of spices, nuts, and seeds that can be used as a seasoning, a condiment, or eaten all on its own dipped in olive oil.

Method

Step 1. 
Preheat oven to 180° fan-forced. To make the labneh, you will need to thicken the yogurt by straining the whey. See the step-by-step labneh recipe.

Pour yogurt into a muslin cloth/bag or anything that resembles this. Add salt and mix well.  Place in a strainer for 3-4 hours (or in the fridge if the weather is hot) until the whey strains out. Leaving it for longer than 4 hours is fine too. You will have a thicker and firmer Labneh similar to the consistency of cream cheese. I prefer mine soft and smooth (remember, it will always slightly thicken once in the fridge).

pour yogurt into a muslin cloth placed in a sieve

Step 2.
Combine the spices and the olive oil in a bowl. Add the carrots and coat really well. Season with salt. Arrange the carrots on a tray and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the carrots are cooked and tender.

roasted carrots and labneh

Step 3.
Spread the labneh on the base of the serving dish. Top with roasted carrots. Garnish with thyme sprigs (I often use the same sprigs I roasted with the carrots).

roasted carrots and labneh

Servings: serves 6-8 as a side dish

Why you will love this dish:

Exotic side dish
Flavour after flavour
Sweet & Creamy
Easy to make and perfect to serve

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health