Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Carrot and Coriander Muffins/Strictly for Adults?

Carrot and coriander, it's really good and healthy for you!  Be sure to use very sweet fresh carrots and fresh coriander.  If you have them in your own garden, then all the better.  These are really healthy muffins, packed with vitamins and fibers.  This is a savoury muffin, so there is very little sugar (only 15gm!).  As with most muffins, these are good when eaten as soon as it is baked, while it is still warm.  The great taste depends mostly from  the sweetness of the carrots, so it is definitely a good choice to get very sweet carrots for this. This muffins goes great with cream cheese, but since I do not have any, I spread it with my homemade herb butter.  I think that this is overall, an adult muffin,  unless the  children like coriander, or simply substitute with other sweet veggie, like fresh sweet corn, which I'm sure, all kids' favourite!  (I have not tried with fresh sweet corn, but I think it will be great!)

    The smell of coriander when the muffins are being baked in the oven!

Full of vegetable goodness, packed with vitamins and fibers

Great when eaten warm with homemade herb butter

A friend of mine happens to be around when I made this.  Between the two of us and over a cup of tea, we finished about 5 muffins! I ate 2 and she ate 3 and took back home another 3.  She really like this!  (she took back some herb butter too!).  I think that an addition of bits and pieces of cooked ham or bacon would be great! Ignore this if you are really health-consious!

Carrot and Coriander Muffins
(adapted from "mad about muffins" by Diana Bonaparte)
Makes 11 muffins
For the batter :
300 gm/10-1/2 oz plain (all-purpose) flour
1 tbsp baking powder
15 gm/1/2 oz caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt (I add 1/8tsp more, I think round it up to 1/2 tsp would be OK)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
30 gm/1 oz chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
170 gm/6 oz grated carrot
2 eggs
185 gm/6-1/2 oz milk
100 gm/3-1/2 oz oil

Method :
Preheat the oven to 180 degree C/350 degree F/gas 4/fan oven 160 degree C.  Grease and flour 11 muffin tin sections or line with paper liners.
Into a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and black pepper.  Add to the bowl any black pepper that didn't go through the sieve (strainer).  Using a large metal spoon, stir in the chopped coriander, then add in the grated carrot and mix well.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the eggs, milk and oil with a fork.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture.  Fold everything together with a large metal spoon until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin sections.
Bake for 23-25 minutes until well risen and the top springs back when gently pressed.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool a little before eating.


  1. Yum! These really would be delicious with some of that herb butter you posted earlier!

  2. You are making me hungry!!!

  3. Cumin, muffin and butter. Sounds absolutely delicious to me. I could see those as a substitution for cornbread to out tortilla soup.

  4. Such a healthy cake! I have baked carrot cake before but "with" coriander is totally new for me!
    By the way can i bake the eggless choco cake without both walnut and rasins?

  5. Wonderful flavors,never tried muffins this way..sounds healthy n yummmmm

  6. Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    Yes, it is really good with the herb butter!

    Hi One,
    You better start growing carrots!

    Hi My Kitchen in the Rockies,
    Yup, I think that this would be a great substitution for cornbread.

    Hi Malar,
    This healthy muffin would be perfect for your mom. I have not baked the eggless choc cake without the walnuts and raisins before, I think that omitting these won't be a problem, you will get a slightly smaller cake. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    Hi Vrinda,
    Yes, this is one healthy muffin. Have a nice day.

  7. Wow scrumptious savoury muffins..

  8. wow what a delicious muffins ..thanks for sharing ...must try them ..yummy


  9. These sound really delicious! I love them with the herb butter!

  10. Hi Priya,
    Hi Satya,
    Hi Reeni,
    Thank you gals! Yup, this savoury muffin goes well with the herb butter!

  11. Woohoo, what a healthy meal. I'd like to have some!

  12. I am not sure what to say other than... Splendid, wonderful and amazing :) These are such amazing muffins! Please stop by when you have a chance, as we have extended an award to you :)

  13. hi, i have one more question. Based on the choco cake, the measurement for oil and water is in gram. Do we have to use weighing machine like how we measure flour, etc?

  14. I liked carrots as a kid. :)
    The cupcakes look gorgeous, and sounds pretty tasty too.

  15. Hi Autumn Belle,
    How many would you like to have?? He! He!

    Hi Magic of Spice,
    Thank you for your nice comments! Wow, an award! My first one. I'm really honored. Thank you so much... will pick it up very soon!

    Hi Malar,
    Yes, whenever the measurements for liquids is in grams, just use the same method that you would for flours, sugars, etc... Have fun baking!

    Hi Indie.Tea
    Thank you for stopping by. Will be visiting you very soon! Have a nice day!

  16. I love savory muffins and these sound wonderful! What a delightful blend of flavors.

  17. Hi Savoring Time in the Kitchen,
    Thank you for stopping by. Yes, these savory muffins are really nice. Hope to see you again. Have a nice weekend!

  18. Good for breakfast time and with coffee! Coriander so fragrant!

  19. Hi petite nyonya,
    Coriander are indeed fragrant! Hey, have you planted any yet?...

  20. That looks delicious! Very interesting to mix Coriander with Carrots in muffins, I'm sure it was savory in flavor! Have a great weekend :)

  21. Hi Priscilla,
    Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed your holiday. Yes this is a delightful savory muffin. Thanks.

  22. Coriander is a spice made from the ground seed of cilantro. Coriander and cilantro do not taste at all alike. They are not interchangeable terms.

  23. Cilantro is the leaves and stems of the coriander plants. They are both the same. They can be called cilantro, coriander or Chinese parsley. Coriander seeds is the dried seeds obtained from the flowers and coriander powder is obtained from the seeds, so, yes,the coriander spice is actually from the seeds. You may find more info on and from Wikipedia.

    Thank you for your comment! Have a nice day!

  24. Now I have to search for the herb butter recipe. Yeah! I was just wondering what I should do with our carrot harvest. Minta izin pinjam recipe ini :).

  25. Made them enjoyed them while walking around the garden to fill in my tummy while planning summer veggies lay-out. I posted this recipe in my blog. Hope you don't mind.