Roasted carrots with dukkah brittle

Roasted carrots with dukkah brittle

roasted carrots dukkah brittle

How are your Christmas preparations – assuming you even celebrate it – coming along? I’ve only just recovered from Thanksgiving recipes and now I am ready to throw myself into another festive madness – bring it on. I am kicking this festive recipe collection with a simple yet delectable side as everyone needs them in their life, right?

For today, I made a platter of sticky roasted carrots glazed in an addictive pomegranate molasses glaze and topped with an even more addictive (I might have or might have not eaten an entire portion of it when shooting these photos…) dukkah brittle, which brings in a lot of flavour and interesting texture to this dish.

This dish is really simple to make but it looks a picture, doesn’t it? The carrots look all festive thanks to the addition of bright red pomegranate arils and fresh thyme. Here is some more details about the ingredients in case you want to make some swaps.


WHOLE SPICES: I used a holy trinity of coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cumin seeds to make my dukkah brittle. I love how they contribute tiny pops of flavour here and there. If you have the time, pan-roast them on a dry frying pan for a few minutes first – until golden and fragrant – as this simple step releases their oils and makes them taste even better. If you don’t have these spices on hand and you would still like to make this dish, why not sure their dry equivalents? Instead of adding them to the brittle, add them to the carrots when you first put them in the oven. As ground spices are more concentrated, use only about 50% of dry compared to whole.

HAZELNUTS: Hazelnuts offer a beautiful crunch and they work really well in this dish, but if you are allergic to nuts sub them with almonds, for example. If you are allergic to almonds too, pumpkin and sunflower seeds would also work well.

MAPLE SYRUP: Maple syrup is what binds the brittle together and it also helps to caramelise carrots and provides a nice counterpoint to the sour taste of pomegranate molasses. If you want an alternative, date syrup – homemade or shop-bought – would be a nice substitute or you could also just use brown sugar – it will liquify in the oven’s heat.

CARROTS: You could use any carrots you like, but the key thing is that they need to be of uniform size so that they cook at the same rate. If your carrots are really small (like Chantenay variety here in the UK), you may want to lower the temperature a little or else their skinny ends will burn too quickly. If you have some big carrots in amongst smaller ones, simply half them lengthwise to make skinner. Keep a skewer or a sharp pairing knife on hand to be able to check carrots for doneness before coating them in the glaze.

THYME: I used fresh thyme to add more flavour here and to decorate, but you could use a few pinches of dry thyme – go easy as it’s way more intense when it’s dry – and decorate with another herb, like fresh parsley for example or even chopped carrot tops (they are bitter though so do not use loads or remove before consumption)

POMEGRANATE MOLASSES: Pomegranate molasses is a thick syrupy condiment beloved of the countries in the south of the Mediterranean Sea. In the UK, you can find it in well stocked corner stores selling North African spices and ingredients. I’ve also seen it in large supermarkets. It is tangy-sweet (but predominantly tangy) in flavour so you could substitute it with aged balsamic vinegar instead.

POMEGRANATE ARILS: To carry the theme on, I used fresh pomegranate arils to decorate this dish and make it look festive. You could use dried cranberries soaked in warm orange juice instead, for example.

roasted carrots dukkah brittle ingredients

Start on the brittle by crushing whole spices in a pestle and mortar and combining them with crushed hazelnuts, maple syrup and olive oil. If you have the time and the inclination, I recommend toasting these spices gently on a dry frying pan first as this makes them taste even more sensational.

roasted carrots dukkah brittle baking

Once everything is well combined, spread the mixture on a paper lined baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Once golden, take out of the oven and do not touch (I know, it’s haaaaard!!) until completely cold. It’s worth it, trust me. Once cool, you’ll be able to break the brittle with your hands, like in my right-hand side photo.

roasted carrots dukkah brittle baked

roasted carrots dukkah brittle before roasting

Once you prepped your carrots, coat them in olive oil, season with salt, pepper and thyme and bake until cooked through – use a sharp pairing knife to check their thickest part. If some carrots are done and others still a bit tough, remove them from the tray and carry on roasting the rest until cooked through.

roasted carrots dukkah brittle at half point

Next and final step is to coat semi roasted carrots in the sticky glaze and roast them some more. If you have extra glaze (you should), glaze them twice, baking the glaze on for a few minutes each time. Then you are ready to plate and tuck in.

roasted carrots dukkah brittle serving

roasted carrots dukkah brittle close up

10 as side
20 min
40 min
10 as side
20 min
40 min


  • 3 g / 1½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 g / ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1½ g / ¾ tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of chilli (I use pul biber), optional
  • ¼ tsp flaky salt, to taste
  • 65 g / ½ cup blanched hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp maple syrup or date syrup
  • 10 ml / 2 tsp olive oil


  • 750 g / 26.5 oz small uniform carrots*
  • 20 ml / 4 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp flaky salt and 1/8 tsp pepper, adjust to taste
  • 5 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked (extra to decorate)
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp maple syrup or date syrup
  • arils form ¼ pomegranate



  1. Set the oven to 160° C / 320° F (or 140° C / 285° F less with fan) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. OPTIONAL: If you have time, dry toasting the seeds until fragrant and golden intensifies their flavour. Cool if you do that.
  3. Place coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar, along a pinch of chilli (if using) and salt. Crush everything until coarse.
  4. Chop hazelnuts coarsely, you want some half pieces and some small pieces in the mix and place in a bowl with sesame seeds and crushed spices.
  5. Mix in maple syrup and olive oil then spread on the baking try in a solid slab.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden, then allow to cool completely – it crisps up as it cools – before using.


  1. Set the oven to 220° C / 430° F (or 200° C / 390° F less with fan) and line one large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Wash the carrots well and dry them thoroughly. Trim the ends with the green tops if needed.
  3. Coat in oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme and roast until the thickest part is cooked through – pierce with a pairing knife to check – about 20 minutes. If only some are done, remove them from the tray and return the rest to the oven for further 5 minutes or so.
  4. In a small bowl, combine pomegranate molasses and maple syrup and coat carrots in that mixture. Return them to the oven for another 5-7 minutes – until sticky and caramelised. If you have leftover glaze, glaze them again after 4 minutes and return to the oven a few minutes.
  5. Arrange roasted carrots on a serving platter, garnish with dukkah brittle, pomegranate arils and fresh thyme.

*CARROTS: I used smallish, fairly uniform carrots. You can use any size but make sure they are uniform (halve them if not) and adjust the oven temperature and timing if necessary. Smaller carrots may not need as much heat and will cook quicker.

5 g
7 g
1 g
1 g
9 g
*per 1 out of 10 servings
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3 reviews, 7 comments
This recipe is FABULOUS! The flavours and textures are perfect together. It was quite a little party in my mouth 💕 I’ll be making this again and again.
    Thank you, Vanora! I am so happy to hear that you loved this side dish so much and that you plan to make it on a regular basis - that's really lovely to hear! Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, it really helps me out. x Ania
Ellie Fisher:
We’ve just had this for our Christmas lunch and it’s outrageously good! I went for the optional chilli and it gives it a perfect little kick. Lazy Cat Kitchen really is the gift that keeps on giving, making vegan cooking ideas effortless and cooking an absolute joy. Thank you 🙌🏼✨
    Aw thanks so much Ellie, your lovely comment almost made me cry (I think I have an insec in my eye...;) ) - thank you, it's so nice to know that my efforts are appreciated and that my recipes make a difference to people's lives. x Ania
I tried this recipe (using orange sweet potatoes and almonds as I didn't have carrots or hazelnuts at the time) and it was sensational. A fabulous combination of flavours and textures which will definitely be on my Christmas menu. Thanks so much and merry Christmas.
    Thanks so much, Deborah! I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed this so much that you plan to make it for Christmas too and great thinking on your feet re: swaps! Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed it and Merry Christmas! x Ania
So creative! I need to try this, you're always phenomenal with the flavor combinations so I'm sure it tastes amazing.
    Aw thank you for your kind words, Kaitlyn. It's certainly my current go-to side and I hope you'll enjoy it too, if you decide to give it a go. x Ania
      I'm going to make them for my Christmas dinner :) Not sure what the main will be (I'm Italian and Polish and so I'm thinking of something from either of those cultures) but this will be a lovely side, whatever it is!
        I hope you and your Christmas guests will enjoy these, Kaitlyn! A what a great heritage mix althoyugh I might be biased ;) )... How about a lasagna with wild mushrooms and cabbage/sauerkraut layers? :P x Ania
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