I found a fantastic blog this weekend called Just Bento. She posts ideas for complete bentos, as well as many simple and delicious recipes. I tried (and modified) one of them. Here is the original recipe.
For mine I cut back on the oil, added more carrots, and some cinnamon. Here’s my version:
Healthy Carrot Kinpira
- 4 large carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- dash of chili pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds
- Heat the oil in a wok/pan over high heat. Add the matchsticks and cook until they start to get crispy, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the chili pepper flakes and cinnamon. Toss for 30 seconds.
- Add the soy sauce. Toss some more.
- Add the sesame seeds and toss; remove from heat.
Whereas most kinpiras include sugar as an ingredient, it’s unnecessary here. The carrots are sweet on their own and the cinnamon brings out the sweetness even more. I hope you enjoy it!
Bobby says, “It was very delicious! But a little spicy. But that probably means it’s increasing your metabolism! I learned that from Maggie.”
19 Replies to “Healthy Carrot Kinpira”
Great modification! totally agree that carrot is sweet enough, so just a little bit of spice will make it delicious!~
cinnamon, spice, AND carrots???? all of my faves!
Wow, that looks great! Have a wonderful day!
yum! never thought to combine cinnamon with carrots!
Yum – those look delish!
Hahaha, Bobby is too cute!
Thanks for sharing Maggie!
Oh yum, that sounds like an awesome combo of sweet & spicy to me! Are they soft when you’re done cooking them or do they still have a crunch to them?
OMG I love kimpira, it was one of my fave foods growing up. I like mine with gobo. I actually wrote a post about it, hope you check it out! :)http://sbfitness.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/eating-branches-authentic-japanese-recipe-for-kinpira-gobo/
That sounds yummy!
Thanks for this recipe! It looks delicious and healthy:)
Mmm that looks great!
I’ve never heard of this before! Chili pepper flakes and cinnamon with carrots? Wow. Sounds spicy, sweet, and savory all at the same time!
Mmmm… love carrots!
yumm i like the no extra sugar!
these look really good. i love cooked carrots- never been a fan of raw ones. i like all the different spices in here.
Yummy Maggie… cinnamon is so delish.
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