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“Digging into Carrots”

Thanks to its distinct sweet flavor, carrots are probably one of the least-disliked vegetables. I mean, are there any other vegetables which we would happily munch on without pulling a face? I think not. With a virtual museum and annual festivals dedicated entirely to it, there is definitely a lot of love surrounding this popular root vegetable.

 

If you are someone with bad eyesight, you have probably been advised at some point in your life to eat more carrots. What’s more, mothers everywhere have been urging their young children to eat carrots, saying that it’s a must if they want to have good eyesight. Well there is some truth to this, but most of it seems to be coming from a long-held belief that resulted from a propaganda campaign all the way back in early 1900s, during WWII.

To hide the fact that British fighters were using radar technologies to locate German planes in the dead of the night, an elaborate story was concocted about improved night vision due to the high amount of carrots the fighters were consuming. Although the myth has been long since debunked, many people continue to use this argument against helpless kids who refuse to eat their vegetables!

Now let’s have a look at the facts. It is well-established that carrots are rich in beta carotene (the component which gives it its bright orange color), and which is eventually converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is actually good for eye health, although it cannot restore vision or correct any structural damage.

While we’re at it, let’s address another common misconception. Bugs Bunny may have put some ideas into our heads, but the truth is that carrots are actually not a part of the rabbit’s natural diet. So if Bugs is not emulating his furry friends, where on earth did the idea come from? As it turns out, Bug’s personality and his endearing (or annoying) carrot-munching habit was inspired by a popular movie character at the time.

Lastly, it might also be worth talking about those “baby carrots” that we now see in supermarkets. If you are under the impression that they are young roots straight from the farm, then you’re in for a surprise. Those perfectly rounded tiny carrots that are often marketed as “baby carrots” nowadays are actually normal carrots that have been sliced and packaged for convenience!

We know all this carrot talk might have you craving for some, so here’s a lovely recipe full of the delicious goodness.

Recipe: Carrot Pirinee by Chillies and Lime

Serves about 6

600ml full cream milk
3/4 cups of condensed milk
30g corn flour (cornstarch)
1-2 tbsp. rose water
1/2 cup grated carrot
a handful of  almonds or Kanamadhu, thinly sliced

Heat a pan of water and bring to a boil. Add the carrots and then remove after 1 minute. This is just to soften, and since it’s grated, it won’t take too long. Drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, mix milk, condensed milk, and corn flour and cook over a low heat, stirring continuously. The mixture will start to just slightly thickened.

Taste, add a tablespoon or two of sugar if you prefer it sweeter.

Stir, and then add in the carrots and rose water. Quickly witch off and transfer to a serving dish and cool.

Once cool, chill the mixture for an hour or two before serving.

Word by Sadha
Recipe Courtesy chilliesandlime.blogspot.com

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