Moroccan Sugar Mashed Carrots

This carrot dish is a great way to experience the Moroccan style of enhancing a vegetable’s natural sweetness with a bit of sugar water. Great examples of this wonderful technique are highlighted in this recipe and can also be experienced in the delicate Sweet Emerald Zucchini. Fresh mint is almost always added to bring out the vegetable’s freshness.

Moroccan sugared mashed carrots

Moroccan Sugared Mashed Carrots

These Moroccan-style vegetables bring out the natural sweetness of carrots and have a refreshing finish of fresh mint. The brilliant color of the carrots is intense. The addition of a small amount of simple sugar syrup makes them irresistible and, believe it or not, a kid favorite.
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Course: Dip, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: African, Morocco, North Africa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Medium saucepan
  • small saucepan
  • Medium bowl


  • 8 medium Carrots
  • 4 cups Water
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Simple sugar syrup (see recipe below)
  • 2 sprigs Mint


Simple Sugar Syrup

  • Combine 1 cup water and ½ cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat as soon as all the sugar has been dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Sugared Mashed Carrots

  • Peel carrots and cut into 1-inch lengths. Combine carrots, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer until carrots become tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add simple sugar syrup to the carrots and coarsely mash with a fork. Cool to room temperature.
  • To serve, spread mashed carrots on a round or oval serving plate. Flatten slightly with a fork, garnish with mint sprigs, and serve at room temperature.


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 10201IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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