Curried Carrots


When I saw the word CURRY leap out at me from a small book I was reading called ‘Ration Book Cookery’ I got all excited…

Curry is one of my favourite dishes, usually devoured by myself, laden with meat and cream, fresh veggies/spices or a mixture of dried ones, added carefully until the desired taste is achieved, and then sweetened slightly with a mango chutney. I am not a fan of Saffron rice but I do love to colour my rice with Turmeric and I like the bitterness this spice brings which compliments the slighty sweet curry and finally naan bread.

it did indeed taste like carrots, onions and curry powder mix

Curried carrots, despite the fact that the only ingredients seemed to be carrots, one onion and a curry powder mix (ikkk) was at least CURRY so I enthusiastically chopped and steamed the carrots, browned the onions and followed the rest of the directions.

The result? Ermmmm – it did indeed taste like carrots, onions and curry powder mix BUT hey I was hungry so I ate it and even had seconds.

I am, after-all, living in the 1940’s…… (at meal times anyway)

Curried Carrots

  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1 oz margarine or dripping
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1-2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 pt stock or water
  • salt and pepper
  • teaspoon marmite and a teaspoon sugar (optional)

Chop and boil/steam carrots

Meanwhile melt fat in pan and add the chopped onion and fry for a few minutes

Add the curry powder and flour and fry for a few more minutes while stirring a little

Stir in the stock or water, bring to the boil, season.

Simmer gently for about 20 minutes then add in the cooked carrots

Cook for a further 10 minutes or so

Garnish with parsley and serve with a little rice

22 thoughts on “Curried Carrots

    • Ooooo Marmite is a yeast extract spread originating from the uk…. it was used commonly during the 1940s as something that ads flavour and tang to your cooking. You can use it sparingly on hot buttered toast (yum)….. it’s generally a flavour you love or hate. I LOVE!!!! You can buy it in Canada in places like Atlantic Super store and some Sobeys.

      • In the states you used to be able to get it in Wholefoods and pretty much in all supermarkets in Australia…

      • Pour melted margarine in the jar when it is nearing its end and mix well, so you can use up every bit of marmite and if the marmite is mixed well with the fat, the taste is much more *full* and less harsh than when you spread it on buttered/margarined bread.

        I always had the problem to either spread too much or not enough marmite or had places where too much marmite was on the toast and couldn´t spread it evenly. With the mixing method that problem was solved 😉

  1. Tried this with some added potato and a couple of sliced celery stalks that I had leftover, and I can honestly say it was not bad. I believe that the 40’s housewife would have done anything she could to improve bland recipes so I am doing the same, following the restrictions of the wartime larder.

  2. I cheated a little with this one. I added potato and tumeric and I had 1 chicken breast left over that had to be eaten (haven’t done my first official shop yet, I’m trying to use up my current supplies). Was quite tasty and even my 3 year old son finished his plate!

  3. Was talking with my mum about this recipe. She said that when young (1930’s/40’s)her mum used this sort of recipe to use up veg, especially when they were starting to soften. So I used that as a licence to change the ingredients. I’ve tried it now with a few different combinations, cauliflower, chick peas, potatoes and pumpkin all lend themselves well to this. And, being vegetarian myself, I even did curried sausages (veg type) and they worked really well. As sausages were not rationed but hard to get I thought it would have been tried, and sure enough I found reference to it online. I’m actually starting to enjoy the tastes of lower fat / sugar foods. People at work are even having little tasters of my meals because they always look more interesting than their packaged sandwiches from a shop…love it!

  4. very mixed reviews about these Carolyn. While David thought they tasted excellent, Kylie thought they went down like a cup of cold sick. I on the other hand used them as fake tan, they give me an excellent summer glow. Gail

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