Pasta with Shaved Carrots and Carrot Green Sauce

pasta with shaved carrots and carrot green sauce | Playful Cooking

A visit to the farmer’s market is inspiring, uplifting and one of the finest ways to start a morning. There is a local one, not too far from our home, that brings lovely spread of seasonal produce every week. On certain Fridays, I worry less about morning cleaning or prepping lunch and instead, I make a trip to the market. I walk pass the stalls at a slow pace, taking time to explore. There are huge bunches of vibrant greens, purple cauliflowers, baby artichokes and tender asparagus all screaming spring. And there in the corner, I see colorful spring carrots with feathery leaves attached to it. These are my favorites. I pick a bunch, placing it very carefully in my bag, making sure not to spoil the lovely greens.


Recipe ideas start flowing in and I am already dreaming of our next meal.


pasta with shaved carrots and carrot green sauce | Playful Cooking


I remember a silly act I did last year. When I came home one spring morning with a bag full of these carrots, I chopped off the tops and threw it without even thinking through. It was only after I spoke to mom the next day, it occurred to me that it’s edible. Lesson learnt!


This time, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.


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Carrot Green Sauce | Playful Cooking


Few months’ back, a friend had shared a cilantro chutney recipe with me while sipping wine at a party. It has peanuts, coconut flakes, cumin and cilantro, which I thought was a lovely flavor blend. I wanted to try it this time but with the feathery carrot greens. I updated her recipe a tad bit by adding olive oil to give it a creamy sauce like texture.


shaving spring carrots | Playful Cooking


pasta with shaved carrots and carrot green sauce | Playful Cooking


Tossed the shaved carrots, boiled pasta with the spicy creamy sauce and it turned into a beautiful spring lunch. Just the image I had while buying these carrots.


pasta with shaved carrots and carrot green sauce | Playful Cooking

Pasta with shaved carrots and carrot green sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


for the carrot green sauce

  • 2 cups carrot leaves without the stalks
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • juice of half lemon
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste

rest of the ingredients

  • 6 to 7 spring carrots
  • 2 cups pasta, I used fusilli
  • feta cheese to crumble on top, optional


  1. To make the sauce, put everything in a food processor (except olive oil) and grind until it forms a smooth paste. Now, pour oil and run the processor once again to form a creamy sauce.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots into thin strips.
  3. Boil enough water in a pot for the pasta. Once done, add salt and drop the pasta in boiling water. Set the timer for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, drop shaved carrots and let it cook for 1 minute. Drain everything into a serving bowl and pour the carrot leave sauce on the same bowl.
  4. Toss everything together and serve warm.
  5. Feel free to add some feta or parmesan cheese on top.


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  • Shumaila
    May 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Love the idea of using the carrot greens for chutney. Sounds very interesting. Will try it out. And as always beautiful styling, equally well captured!

  • Nami | Just One Cook
    Nami | Just One Cook
    May 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Me too, I really like the idea of carrot greens becoming the sauce!! When the ingredients are fresh, leaves must taste really good too. Such a beautiful pasta dish. I love this.

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    May 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    You know I am loving the in action pics… God It feels like as if you are tossing n chopping right in front of me.
    Lovely Dish K

  • Poornima
    May 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Kankana, thats a super idea to use the carrot greens to make the sauce. Awesome dish and stunning pics as always!

  • Radhika@JustHomemade
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    May 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Love the pictures with action like Reem said..
    Your hand with the bangles adds a cutesy element..
    Idea of using cartot greens is appealing, hate to discard them!

  • Nandita
    May 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Love this vibrant pasta dish. The carrot green sauce is a nice twist kankana. And amazing photography as always 🙂

  • kulsum@journeykitche
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    May 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    How lovely! I didnt know you could use the greens either.

  • Colette@JFF
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    May 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Love this creative “pesto,” esp the use of carrot leaves!

  • Rosa
    May 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    A beautiful pasta dish! Very summery and colorful.



  • Vishakha
    May 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I like the sound of the carrot green sauce – interesting recipe! I had no idea one could eat it! Unfortunately, the carrots we get here already have the green leaves off.

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    May 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    A delightful pasta dish. Love the green sauce.

  • Revati
    May 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    GORGEEEEOUS photographs! Especially the carrot tops.. So fresh and lovely, I can almost feel it through the screen!

  • Rose Magpies Recipes
    Rose Magpies Recipes
    May 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    You are making me miss my beloved farmer’s market even more! Must find one here in Bangalore soon 🙂 Gorgeous K, love the new name and new look of the blog!

  • chinmayie @ love foo
    chinmayie @ love foo
    May 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    This is gorgeous! Love the photos, colors and your bangles 😉

  • Archana
    May 3, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Wow, the in-action pictures here are outstanding. Loving the bangles! 🙂

  • Heather
    May 3, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I love using carrot greens, this application is such a great idea! There is nothing like a Farmers Market, there is inspiration around every corner!

  • Anna@CCS
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    May 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I absolutely love the idea of carrot green sauce! This salad looks so fresh and springy, Kankana!

  • Abbe@This is How I C
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    May 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Very creative and love the use of the carrots. Perfect!

  • Eha
    May 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Absolutely love that carrot green sauce: the whole dish is so very ‘me’ that it will be copied for Sundays’ lunch! Thanks!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I love the colorful shaved carrots and your sauce is so inspired!

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    May 3, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Love the idea of carrot green sauce. Never used them. Thanks for the idea.

  • Helene D'souza
    Helene D'souza
    May 4, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    What a wonderful pasta. Just love your pictures, they are so inspiring and I feel like going into the kitchen and making your recipe now. 🙂

  • Zach
    May 4, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  • Abby@TheFrostedVegan
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    May 4, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Look at the gorgeous colors of those carrots, love! I also really enjoy recipes that can use the bits that we would normally throw away.

  • Nik@ABrownTable
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    May 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    That looks so delicious. I too toss out the greens since I never really pay much attention to them. However, thanks to you I can now look at them in a different light and cook them more often!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    May 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Love the pictures in actions Kankana! Blue and green bangles adds the special zing and brings the life in the pictures! i feel it right in here so vivid! What a shame i threw carrot green two weeks before now i know what to do next time! Girl i’m going to dream these pictures! can’t wait to meet you in person soon and give a squeezing hug to say how much i love your pictures and ofcourse you!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Thanks babe, hand shooting is difficult but fun at the same time 🙂 So glad you liked it and I too hope we get to meet someday, somewhere! (((hugs)))

  • Pia
    May 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    love, love the new look, kankana! it’s clean and crisp, nd the logo is perfectly playful. so well done!
    and a favourite from this post – pretty hand with pretty bangles. khub shundor chhobi ta 🙂

  • jehanne
    May 6, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    That’s very clever, I never thought the greens can be used, but we rarely get that kind of super fresh carrots with greens attached to them! Now, now you make even the simplest of pasta looks so delicious!

  • Mallika
    May 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Loved ur idea of using carrot greens. I’ve never seen carrot greens in India, except on my trips to hill stations like Ooty and Munnar. Lovely styling and a beautiful recipe.

  • Cookie and Kate
    Cookie and Kate
    May 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I must confess I haven’t made it to the farmers’ market yet this year. I’ll have to change that next weekend! I’m so intrigued by the flavor combination in this green sauce. It sounds delightful.

  • Nusrat Azim
    Nusrat Azim
    May 7, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Picture#3 …your hand, and the bangles,and that blue hue in your wrist is such a joy to watch 🙂 Adorable photography. Love.

  • Radhika Vasanth
    Radhika Vasanth
    May 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Love those bangles K, it makes the picture stand out. I wouldn’t have thought of making a pasta sauce from carrot greens.

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    May 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    What a colorful & fun dish! How funny that all the ladies think alike – your action shots & the blue bangles. They caught my eyes first, then I see everyone says the same thing when I scrolled down the comment section:) Makes me feel like I am at your house, enjoying the dish with a bunch of friends of yours.A fun party it would be.