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Gujarati (Carrot Salad)

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in hot water for 1 hour (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the carrots and salt in a mixing bowl, tossing to distribute the salt.
  2. Heat the oil in a small skillet over moderate heat.
  3. Add the mustard seeds to the hot oil and remove from the heat as soon as the seeds begin to pop, about 2 to 3 seconds.
  4. Pour the hot oil and mustard seeds over the carrots.
  5. Add the lemon juice and optional raisins and mix well.
  6. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serves 4 to 6.