Belarussian Carrot Salad

"This recipe comes from “Delia’s Vegetarian Collection”; Delia of course, being the famous Delia Smith. She in turn was given this recipe by a family she dined with on a trip to Minsk. Delia says this “simple, but oh-so-good carrot salad… prefect for winter when other salad ingredients are not at their best". But it would be good year round too. This recipe needs standing time to allow the flavours to develop; the minimum time for this is shown as cooking time. Once made, the salad will keep for two days in the fridge. Recipe posted for the Zaar World Tour 2005."
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Ready In:
3hrs 20mins




  • Grate the carrots in a food processor using a fine grater blade.
  • Place grated carrot in a bowl and pour over the vinegar and salt; mix ingredients well to make sure everything is evenly coated; Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight) while the flavours develop; When you are ready to assemble the salad, check how much juice the carrots have made and if necessary pour excess juice away.
  • Dry-roast the coriander seeds in a small frying pan over a medium heat (to do this, stir and toss the seeds in the pan for about 2 minutes, until they look toasted and start to jump); crush the roasted seeds lightly with a pestle and mortar .
  • Heat the oil in the same frying pan, add the onion and fry until golden; allow to cool slightly then drain the oil through a sieve on to the carrots; the onion has now served its purpose and can be used in another dish, or discarded.
  • Add the coriander seeds, garlic and cayenne pepper to the carrots, stir well and serve.

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  1. I like the zest and texture of this salad. I made a half batch, and ended up getting virtually no onion oil, but the salad was still quite good. I used ready minced garlic for this, as I was concerned about raw garlic being too strong. Dh and kids wouldn't try this, but I liked it. Thanks Caroline!
  2. This is a really nice, tangy salad! I found the raw garlic flavour a little strong (and I LOVE garlic!) but overall this was such a quick, easy salad with lovely flavours - those toasted coriander seeds are ace! Thanks for posting!


I live with my husband and 2 cats in Worcester Park; a quiet typical 1930s suburb (which no one has ever heard of!) about 12 miles South West of London. I'm a fair weather gardener and as my husband is a vegetarian I grow a few easy vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, mainly in containers. My husband loves growing flowers, the brighter the better, and we have a pretty garden as a result. Our cats, Araminta and Purrl, like it too! I do a lot of cooking and try to keep our diet as healthy and varied as possible. Although I work full time, I use very little in the way of pre-prepared foods. This is partly because of the limited choice of vegetarian meals, which I think are overpriced anyway; but mainly because I like to know what goes in my food! I love using the Internet for all the great ideas it gives me. Last year I participated in the Zaar World Tour (under my previous public name Caroline Blakey), which was great. Mr B and I tried lots of new foods and discovered new favourite meals. Researching recipes for the Tour was really interesting, however as I didn't have time to try them all, some were posted untested. I'm still working my way very slowly through them. To make matters worse I keep seeing other recipes I want to save and have also participated in Zaar world Tour II. So many recipes, so little time to make them! <img src=""> My 'rules' for posting recipes are a) if I wouldn't make a particular recipe, I won't post it and b) if my husband wouldn't eat it, I won't post it. This means that all my recipes are vegetarian friendly. As you will see from the number of recipes saved in my cookbooks, I particularly enjoy making jams and chutneys; I'd say it was one of my favourite hobbies. We always have a good supply of home preserves; my friends and work colleagues are well supplied too. If we won the lottery (say £5m, as a good number) we'd like to give up work, move to the country and buy a place with a bit of land. In my dreams this would be a manor house or old vicarage, with a walled garden, an orchard where I could keep hens, a vegetable garden, etc, etc, etc! In my more realistic moments (the £1m win perhaps) I would like to run a B&B, perhaps offering Vegetarian taster weekends. Luckily it costs nothing to dream.......I’d also love more time to read, do embroidery, learn a language, see more of the countryside; and of course play on Zaar.
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