Do you know that one small carrot supplies nearly three times of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A? What’s more, carrots are more beneficial when they are cooked briefly with oil. So, this is the perfect recipe to enjoy the benefits of carrots! This is a vegetarian and vegan friendly recipe with full of nutrition.
Kinpira is a traditional Japanese cooking style of stir frying and simmering to enjoy the flavours and crunch of root vegetables. Add plenty of sesame seeds, which is another superfood.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Level: Easy
Ingredients for 2 side dishes
1 tbs Vegetable Oil
1 tbs Sugar
1 tbs Soy Sauce
2 tbs Rice Wine or Water
2 tbs Sesame Seeds (toasted)
- Peel the skin of the carrot and cut into strips.
- Heat the oil in a frying-pan. Stir fry the carrot over high heat until soft. Add the rice wine (or water) and mix.
- Add the sugar and mix. Add the soy sauce and mix to coat. Add the sesame seeds and mix to coat. Place on serving plates.
- Prepare all the ingredients before you start cooking, so you can cook the dish in good speed to preserve the flavour, crunch, and most importantly, the beta-carotene of carrots.
- You can find the directions for toasted sesame seeds on this post in the preparation section 3. Pre-toasted sesame seeds can be find in any oriental grocery stores. It’s fragrant and handy to use. You also can find them online.
Topic 1: Carrot, the most underrated superfood
Carrot is so underrated and an inexpensive superfood. They are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A in our body. In fact, the name beta-carotene derived from the Latin word ‘carota’ which means carrot in English.
In general, vitamins escape while cooking. However, since beta-carotene is more resistant when cooked and fat-soluble, cooking carrots with oil actually helps us to absorb beta-carotene.
Vitamin A gives a lot of benefits to our body, such as maintaining healthy skin, enhancing our immune system, and much more.
Topic 2: What is Kinpira ?
Kinpira is a traditional Japanese cooking style and one of the most prevailing side dishes in Japan. You’ll definitely find one in a pre-packed obento lunch box in a shop. Root vegetables including burdock, carrot and lotus root are stir fried with a salty, sweet sauce, which is the best way to enjoy their unique flavour and crunch. Burdock and lotus root are rarely found in the UK, though you can find them in oriental grocery stores. Burdock contains lots of dietary fibres, as well as calcium, potassium. Lotus roots are also a great source of dietary fibres, as well as vitamin B6, copper and iron. Try cooking kinpira if you manage to find them.
The name kinpira is derived from a son of unarguably the most popular hero in Japanese folktale, Kintaro. Sakata Kinpira, the son of Sakata Kintoki, also known as Kintaro, was, like his father, tough and strong. The dish was named after him because of its crunch and nutritious benefits.