Tunisian glazed chickpea-and-carrot salad


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes5 cups, about 6 servings
*PLUS Cooking time: 18 minutes


  • 750 g carrots, about 8 medium

  • 2 tbsp sultana raisins

  • 3 tbsp canola oil, or peanut oil

  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 1/2 tsp hot-red-chili-flakes

  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 540-mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • pinch cayenne or black pepper

  • 1 lemon


  • Cut carrots lengthwise into quarters. Then, slice crosswise 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) thick. Place carrots in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until barely tender, from 3 to 5 minutes. Reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) of cooking liquid, drain carrots and set aside. Meanwhile, cover raisins with hot tap water. Let stand 10 minutes to plump, then drain.

  • Heat oil in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, about 10 minutes. Add raisins, reserved carrot water, red pepper flakes, caraway seeds, paprika, cumin and salt. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Add carrots and boil gently, uncovered, until liquid is reduced slightly, from 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir in chickpeas. Sprinkle with cayenne, if you wish. Stir until chickpeas are heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Squeeze lemon juice over top just before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 194, Protein 5.6g, Carbohydrates 28.4g, Fat 7.4g.

Here is truly a delicious Mediterranean salad inspired by Sally and Martin Stone, authors of The Instant Bean (Bantam). Serve it warm or at room temperature with grilled chicken or fish kebabs and crusty bread.