Kinpira Stir Fried Carrot

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.

AuthorYukari ElliottCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

 280 g Carrot
 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
 1 tbsp Sugar
 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
 2 tbsp Rice Wine or Water
 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds

Preparations
1

Peel the carrot and cut into strips.

How to cut carrot for Kinpira

2

Toast sesame seeds in a frying pan.

Directions
3

Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat, and stir fry the carrot strips. When they have softened a bit, add the rice wine (or water) and stir.

4

Add the sugar and stir, and then add the soy sauce and stir again.

5

Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds, and toss to coat. Arrange on a serving plate.

Ingredients

 280 g Carrot
 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
 1 tbsp Sugar
 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
 2 tbsp Rice Wine or Water
 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds

Directions

Preparations
1

Peel the carrot and cut into strips.

How to cut carrot for Kinpira

2

Toast sesame seeds in a frying pan.

Directions
3

Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat, and stir fry the carrot strips. When they have softened a bit, add the rice wine (or water) and stir.

4

Add the sugar and stir, and then add the soy sauce and stir again.

5

Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds, and toss to coat. Arrange on a serving plate.

Kinpira Carrot (Stir Fried Carrot)

Key

  1. 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.Preparation for Kinpira Carrot
  2. 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.

References

  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252758.php
  • http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/much-betacarotene-carrots-7624.html

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.

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