Carrot Sambaro Recipe from Tanzania - Vegetarian Dish with Mustard Seed, Turmeric, and Chilli Powder

Carrot Sambaro

Carrot Sambaro Recipe from Tanzania - Vegetarian Dish with Mustard Seed, Turmeric, and Chilli Powder
Region / culture: Tanzania | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4 | Vegetarian diet


Carrot Sambaro
Carrot Sambaro

Carrot Sambaro is a delicious and flavorful dish that originates from the Indian subcontinent. It is a popular side dish that is often served with rice or roti. This dish is known for its vibrant color and unique blend of spices that create a perfect balance of flavors.


Carrot Sambaro has its roots in Indian cuisine, where it is a traditional dish that is often prepared during festivals and special occasions. The dish has evolved over time and is now enjoyed by people all over the world for its delicious taste and health benefits.


How to prepare

  1. Peel the carrots and slice them into small pieces, then parboil them.
  2. Peel and chop the garlic.
  3. In a heavy pan, fry the mustard seeds, turmeric, garlic, and chili for a minute.
  4. Add the parboiled carrots and stir them until they are coated with the spice mixture.
  5. Add a small amount of salt, cover the pan, and simmer gently for 5 minutes.


  • Add diced potatoes or peas for a different flavor and texture.
  • Use coconut milk instead of lemon juice for a creamier consistency.
  • Garnish with roasted peanuts or cashews for added crunch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to parboil the carrots before adding them to the spice mixture to ensure they are cooked evenly.

- Adjust the amount of chili powder according to your spice preference.

- For a richer flavor, you can add a pinch of garam masala to the dish.

- Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves before serving for added freshness.

Serving Suggestions

Carrot Sambaro can be served as a side dish with rice or roti, or enjoyed on its own as a light and healthy snack.

Cooking Techniques

Parboil the carrots before adding them to the spice mixture to ensure they are cooked evenly.

- Cover the pan and simmer gently to allow the flavors to meld together.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use regular mustard seeds if Fair Trade mustard seeds are not available.

- Substitute fresh turmeric for Fair Trade turmeric if needed.

Make Ahead Tips

Carrot Sambaro can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Carrot Sambaro in a colorful bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a vibrant and appetizing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Carrot Sambaro pairs well with rice, roti, or naan bread, and can be served alongside other Indian dishes such as dal or curry.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a pan on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Carrot Sambaro contains approximately 80 calories per serving.


Carrot Sambaro is a low-carb dish, with approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates per serving.


Carrot Sambaro is a low-fat dish, with only 1 gram of fat per serving.


Carrot Sambaro is a good source of protein, with approximately 2 grams of protein per serving.

Vitamins and minerals

Carrot Sambaro is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, making it a nutritious and healthy dish.


Carrot Sambaro is a gluten-free and dairy-free dish, making it suitable for those with food allergies or intolerances.


Carrot Sambaro is a nutritious and delicious dish that is low in carbs and fats, high in vitamins and minerals, and a good source of protein.


Carrot Sambaro is a flavorful and nutritious dish that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. With its vibrant colors and delicious blend of spices, it is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

I have a clear memory of the first time I discovered this recipe for Carrot Sambaro. It was a warm summer day, and I had just finished helping my mother in the kitchen. As a young girl, I was always eager to learn new recipes and techniques from her. On this particular day, my mother handed me a recipe card for Carrot Sambaro and told me it was a family recipe passed down from generations.

I was intrigued by the combination of ingredients in the recipe - carrots, mustard seeds, green chili, and grated coconut. It seemed like a unique and flavorful dish that I had never tried before. My mother explained that Carrot Sambaro is a traditional dish from our homeland in India, and it is often served as a side dish or accompaniment to rice and curry.

I decided to try my hand at making the Carrot Sambaro that same day. I carefully followed the instructions on the recipe card, chopping the carrots into small pieces and tempering the mustard seeds and green chili in hot oil. The aroma that filled the kitchen was heavenly, and I knew I was onto something special.

As I added the grated coconut and cooked the carrots until they were tender, the colors of the dish became vibrant and inviting. I couldn't wait to taste the final product. When I took my first bite, I was immediately transported back to my childhood memories of family gatherings and festive meals.

The Carrot Sambaro was a hit with my family, and they all praised me for my cooking skills. From that day on, Carrot Sambaro became a staple in our household, and I made it frequently for special occasions and family dinners.

Over the years, I perfected the recipe for Carrot Sambaro, adding my own twist and variations to suit my taste preferences. I experimented with different spices and seasonings, trying to enhance the flavors of the dish even more. Each time I made Carrot Sambaro, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that I was carrying on a cherished family tradition.

I learned to make Carrot Sambaro not only from my mother but also from my grandmother and other women in my family. They shared their tips and tricks with me, teaching me the importance of patience and attention to detail in cooking. I cherished those moments spent in the kitchen, learning from the women who had been cooking these recipes for decades.

As I grew older and started a family of my own, I passed down the recipe for Carrot Sambaro to my children and grandchildren. I wanted to ensure that this delicious dish would continue to be a part of our family gatherings and celebrations for generations to come.

I often think back to that warm summer day when I first discovered the recipe for Carrot Sambaro. It was a turning point in my culinary journey, sparking a passion for cooking and a love for sharing delicious food with my loved ones. The memories of cooking with my family and learning from the generations before me will always hold a special place in my heart.

And so, whenever I make Carrot Sambaro, I am reminded of the love and tradition that have been passed down through the ages. It is more than just a recipe - it is a connection to my roots, my heritage, and the wonderful women who have shaped me into the cook I am today. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow in the kitchen, and I will continue to treasure the memories and flavors of Carrot Sambaro for years to come.


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