Carrots with Garlic and Yogurt

You’ll never feel the same way about carrots after you’ve tried this dish. Turkish zucchini can be used instead of the carrots, but a teaspoon of dried mint will need to be added to the dish.–Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman

Carrots with Garlic and Yogurt Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • Serves 8


  • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup drained yogurt (start with 3 cups of yogurt, place in a cheesecloth-lined colander, and let sit at room temperature for about 4 hours)
  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper or paprika
  • Olives, optional


  • 1. In a 3-quart pot, heat 5 tablespoons of the oil and saute the onions, stirring over medium heat for 5 minutes. Do not let them brown or burn.
  • 2. Add the carrots, stirring to mix well, and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • 3. Crush the garlic and salt with a mortar and pestle. Place the cooled carrots in a large bowl and add the drained yogurt and the garlic mixture. Mix well and place in a serving dish.
  • 4. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the paprika and drizzle in a design over the top of the carrots. Decorate with olives if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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Karen Depp

May 08, 2002

If you’re not a carrot fan, this recipe is for you. This was just plain delicious! Carrots, onions, yogurt, and garlic—what’s not to like? The combination of flavors is magical, and the bump of paprika and olive oil at the end are like the Tiffany setting to this diamond. Easy to make, even easier to love.

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