This salad has many names: Russian carrot salad, Korean-style carrot salad. Nevertheless, if you have ever had a chance to taste the exceptional side dish you will definitely want to try to cook it at home. It is a really easy recipe that originated on the territory of former Soviet Union but now is popular all over the world. We will give you a detailed guideline on how you can make easy carrot salad with coriander at home.
List of ingredients for homemade carrot salad:
- 500 g carrots;
- 1 tbsp. sugar;
- 5 tsp salt;
- 1 medium yellow or white onion;
- 3 tbsps. vegetable oil;
- 1/3 tsp. Cayenne pepper;
- 4 gloves garlic;
- ½ tsp. Freshly ground black pepper;
- 1 tsp. Coriander seeds, crushed;
- 5 tbsps. white vinegar (5%-6%).
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Ready in 45 minutes + 2 to 12 hours of marinating.
Yield: 4 servings.
How to make easy carrot (Korean-Style) salad step-by-step guide:
- For this salad you need julienned carrot, in other words grated into thin, long strings. You can use a kiwi pro slice peeler or a mandolin slicer for this purpose. Take large or medium sized carrots, it is easier work with them. Peel carrots, give them a good rinse under running water and then slice them into a large bowl. Here is a good tip for making long neat slices: you should slice carrot lengthwise moving only one way from top to bottom.
- Add to the bowl of sliced carrot mentioned amount of sugar, salt and vinegar. If you have 9% vinegar instead of 5% change the amount from 1.5 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon. It will not influence the taste of the final product. Mix in together added ingredients with grated carrot. Leave aside for 30 minutes to marinate.
- Now it is time for spices. If you want to have really delicious carrot salad, try to buy seeds of coriander and whole black pepper and grind them at home. Before grinding coriander try to toast it on a dry skillet, it will help to open more rich flavors. Sprinkle seasoning over carrot, but do not mix them, wait for the next step.
- Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on the medium heat, add sliced or chopped onion and stir it for 5 minutes. In some recipes onion is used together with oil, we advise you to get rid of it and add to the mixture of carrot and seasoning only oil. Under effect of hot oil, spices will be more flavored.
- Peel garlic and mince it into fine paste, add to the final mixture and mix all the ingredients together.
- Let the salad marinate for at least 2 hours before serving. You can marinate it up to 12 hours, more time passes more delicious it gets.
Here you have a delicious carrot salad. Enjoy!
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