A simple veggie roast…

by Sunita on January 14, 2008

It is only in recent times that parsnips have found its deserved place in my kitchen, and of course, our hearts. Although it is readily available, somehow this plain looking root vegetable hasn’t been able to make it’s way into our shopping trolley. It hasn’t been intentional, but , somehow, we tend to just glance over it and move on. But nowadays it’s a different story altogether…once it found it’s way, we have developed a fondness for it.

They say that parsnips are related to the carrot, but have a stronger flavour. It seems that it was quite difficult to distinguish between the two in Roman times, when some carrots were white too! On the health front, the parsnip is richer in vitamins and minerals than the carrot. It is particularly rich in potassium with 600 mg per 100 g. The parsnip is also a good source of dietary fibre.

Parsnips also form an essential part of the Christmas dinner in the English speaking world as well as a part of the Sunday roast. And the way we like to have it is to slice it along with it’s now orange cousin, with or without peppers, some garlic, seasoning, herbs, drizzling with olive oil and roasting in the oven. For the record, here’s how I made my garlicky roast veggies

What’s needed-

2 medium sized parsnips, peeled and sliced diagonally
1 large carrot, scraped and sliced diagonally
1/2 a red pepper,deseeded and cut into small pieces
4 cloves of garlic, smashed, along with the peel
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies
1/2 tsp dried sage
2 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C.
  2. Place the parsnips, carrot, red pepper and garlic on a roasting dish.
  3. Sprinkle the chillies and sage and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Drizzle the oil over the rest and toss so that everything is mixed well.
  5. Place the dish in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or till the edges turn golden(toss them halfway for even cooking).

That’s it…serve hot as a dish or also on it’s own. The pungency of the garlic along with the slight heat from the chillies and the sweetness of the parsnips were an absolute delight. I loved the aromas emanating from the oven as the roasting was going on within.

The garlicky flavour really comes out in this dish, and so I’m also sending to myself as an entry for Think spice …think garlic.
And to my Indian friends, I wish a very happy Sankranti ( Bhogali/Magh Bihu for us)

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy cook January 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Yumm it must have really tasted delicious


2 Shilpa January 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I tried parsnips recently. Somehow I felt the taste was too strong :( . May be what I made with these was wrong. Will try it again sometime.


3 Rajitha January 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

this is the first time i have bought parsnips and actually it has been more than a week and they are starting to shrivel a bit…this sounds like a fantastic recipe..simple and delicious


4 Toffeeapple January 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm

How delicious! Have you ever done that with aubergine and/or red peppers? Such a taste experience.

Rajitha, if you soak them in cold water for a couple of hours they will firm up again.

Sunita, your pictures are still improving, how do you do it??


5 Richa January 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm

lovely looking vegs.
roasting these veg brings out their sweetness, isn’t it :)


6 Mallugirl January 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

roasted veggies look really warm and glowing!! u ar right, parsnips are somehow neglected. i would add a sweet potato to ur mix too.


7 Meeta January 14, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I love parsnips and often use them in soups. Nothing like roasting veggies to bring out their perfect flavor!


8 Laavanya January 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I love roasted vegetables and with a garlicky taste to them… simply unbeatable.


9 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm

happy cook, thanks…it did taste good :-)


10 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm

shilpa,try it this way… you might have a different opinion :-)


11 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm

rajitha, look, toffeeapple has given you a great solution…so, go on, revive them and enjoy….


12 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm

richa, it was a dish with great flavours indeed…I , personally loved it.


13 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm

mallugirl, thanks…and sweet potato?…yumm :-)


14 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm

meeta,I haven’t used them in soups yet…next on my list…and yes, roasting did bring out it’s flavours :-)


15 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm

laavanya, yes, garlic enhanced the flavour indeed.


16 sunita January 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm

toffeeapple, firstly thanks for the great tip…will keep it in mind :-) … as for aubergines, we roast them on the stovetop – tastes great…as for the pics, well, probably, it’s the passion :-D


17 Namratha January 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I love anything with garlic in it, so this ought to be on my list!! Looks delicious.


18 Mansi Desai January 14, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Roasted veggies with simple spices taste just great! nice one Sunita:)


19 musical January 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Happu Bihu to you and your family, Sunita! The veggie roast looks really delightful! With gralic, the roasted vegetables would have tastes really yummy!


20 sunita January 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

namratha,we too are great lovers of garlic…I put them into almost everything…well, except the cakes and cookies, perhaps ;-)


21 sunita January 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm

mansi,thanks…it’s such a simple pleasure :-)


22 sunita January 14, 2008 at 7:46 pm

musical, thanks…garlic did enhance the taste indeed :-)


23 Rina January 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Sunita, lovely roast and pictures…. Simple and beautiful…


24 Sagari January 14, 2008 at 11:13 pm

nice recipe sunitha garlic adds a lots of flavor pic are beautifullll


25 Shankari January 14, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Have never tried parsnips :) with the garlic, it sure wld taste delicious


26 Sig January 15, 2008 at 7:53 am

Sunita….. How do you manage to make such simple dishes look sooo beautiful? Those are simply amazing photos… Kudos to you…


27 Bharathy January 15, 2008 at 9:25 am

Even I am new to the taste of a parsnip..Looks delicious..nice recipe,Sunita

Garlic is one of my favourites and I have a recipe on my mind to blog for the event too..Lemme try..:)


28 sunita January 15, 2008 at 10:44 am

rina, thanks…it was a simple roast , yet full of flavours.


29 sunita January 15, 2008 at 10:46 am

sagari, thanks…we simply adore garlic.

shankari, thanks…give it a try…I’m sure you’ll love it :-)


30 sunita January 15, 2008 at 10:47 am

sig, awww thanks dear…just trying my bit, I guess…the encouragement helps too :-D


31 sunita January 15, 2008 at 10:48 am

bharathy, thanks…looking forward to your garlicky entry :-)


32 Rachel January 15, 2008 at 11:35 am

parsnips, turnips, radishes…I always walked by those veggies too..The 1st picture is a good enough reason to get me back to cooking parsnips :) )


33 Sia January 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm

strange but even i have never tried parsnips till now. donno why i ignore that bland and boring looking root. u have inspired me to try it suni.
happy new year and happy magh bihu to u too :) sorry didnt get time to check ur lovely blog. so its garlic for this month han? let me see if i get to cook and post something before deadline:)


34 sunita January 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm

rachel, thanks…now go on and try them…glad to have inspired you :-)


35 sunita January 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm

sia, nice to have you back…hope you’ve settled down by now after your break…and next time, do pick up those parsnips :-)


36 Pooja January 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm

This looks so healthy Sunita. thanks a lot for sharing…

I am a great Gralic fan due to its aroma and forits healthy nature too , I cant wait to see the round up. mena while if possible i would try to participate with somehitng nice.


37 sunita January 16, 2008 at 8:59 am

pooja, thanks…looking forward to your participation :-)


38 Katy January 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

that looks just wonderful. and i love serving mini portions in ramekins — so pretty!


39 Padma January 17, 2008 at 1:25 am

looks so wonderful, can imagine the aroma of garlic filling the air. Nice entry!


40 sunita January 17, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Katy, thanks…they do come in handy :-)


41 sunita January 17, 2008 at 7:50 pm

padma, thanks…it was indeed a garlicky dish :-)


42 Hima January 19, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Yummy, looking great sunita.


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