September 21, 2008

Savoury Carrot Coriander muffins


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Sweet... chocolaty... fruity... can one imagine beyond that about a humble muffin?

In fact, muffins and sweet are the only two words I thought would/should/can/will go together... until the inevitable happened.
Being a foodie, I can't afford to be closed to the idea of change, can I?

You might call this my debutante effort... the first time I baked a set of savoury muffins. I was at first weirded out by the fact that muffins could be savoury until I came across Lakshmi's recipe at her blog. It was simple and doable, with carrots and coriander which I happen to like to work with a lot. There are some variations from the original recipe, as in, I have used whole wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose flour, which does change the texture a bit, and in my excitement as to how the muffins would turn out, I missed adding the yogurt which was one of the ingredients.
Nevertheless, the muffins turned out nicely, wonder if the yogurt would have made it softer and better. Will find out the next time around. But I have not missed that in my recipe below, so people who decide to try it out, don't miss it out like me.
Nutmeg is an additional spice I used for the sake of aroma and flavor. It is just one of those spices, that makes everything better including these muffins.


Savoury Carrot Coriander muffins


Whole wheat pastry flour - 1 cup
Carrots - 1 cup grated finely
Coriander - 1/2 cup chopped
Nutmeg - A pinch or two, freshly grated
Freshly ground black pepper - 1 tsp
Plain yogurt - 1 tbsp
Tomatoes - 1/2 cup pureed
Skim milk - 3/4 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - To taste
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp


Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix the whole wheat pastry flour, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, pepper and salt together.

Add the oil, tomato puree and milk and mix just until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Add yogurt and mix.

With a spatula, slowly mix in the coriander and carrots.

Spoon batter into a greased muffin tin up to 3/4ths of the way up.

Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. I would keep checking after 15 minutes just to make sure. Try not to open the oven door while baking.

Allow to cool and enjoy your savory muffins with or without your favorite chutney drizzled on top.


Baked off for Ruth's Bookmarked event
and Siri's Herb Mania - Cilantro/Coriander event

Pavani has tagged me for "Six spectacular quirks about me"
Rules of this tag are:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Being a quirk who happens to write a food blog, I am going to list those related to food for now.

* As though me eating weird/bad food wasn't enough, I generously offer it to the person sitting next to me. "Here try this, it tastes weird!!!" Oh yeah, and I have that face when I say it...

* I got to check my blog every now and then to see if it is hale and healthy.

* Like to cook in a spanking clean kitchen every single time. Sometimes I end up more time cleaning than cooking.

* I fantasize myself drinking a "cup of coffee".
Fantasize because... I don't drink coffee or tea or any kind of hot beverage. Somehow the "cup of coffee" doesn't appeal as much in reality.

* I discard tomatoes from a sandwich/burger everytime I eat one.

* I cook some mean dishes which turn out the best when I am angry or upset over something.

Now that I have bared my soul, the six people I tag are:


Have fun!


  1. Wow my..this looks so yummy the colour..I have bookmarked it :)..and love reading you meme...quite funny one ;)

  2. this looks yum,,..hppy weekend,..

  3. wow... delicious.. & awesome.. new for me... nice click,.. thxs for sharing dear..

  4. wow..thats looking great ones...even I thought I should make these sometime, but the best thing I have done is asked her to make these for me next time...heheh...

    and hey do you mean to say I got to get you angry if I got to get some yummy ones from you??>..:)

  5. Bookmarked,delicious,I have earlier seen Lakshmi's recipe and this looks a perfect match.

  6. Your savory muffins look awesome..and your meme was a great read...funny too :) will try and pick up the tag soon....

  7. i feel like having them right now.. they look so delicious.
    reply to ur quest:i blend it with my finger.earlier even i had that prob, but later by practice,it comes out very neat now..

  8. Wow, I love coriander but don't use it as I cannot get any in Greece. Thanks for tagging me. Shall post it within the weekend.

  9. i remember relishing it on the yum blog.... it was amazing... urs looks good too

  10. ooh! it looks yummy divya

  11. I too am a firm believe in sweet muffins and have never tried a savory one. These sound like a great place to start, carrots seem like the perfect way to transition given that they are a tiny bit sweet. Funny how you call it "coriander" but everyone I've ever know calls it "cilantro". Only recently did I even realize that cilantro is the leaf of the coriander seed. Anywho, they look great!

  12. Those muffins re for me :) I love and make most of the time savory one,cilantro should bring asian flavor.
    Could you pack some for me Dear?

  13. wow! really yummy muffins...till now i know muffins will b sweet but this is really a great idea....

  14. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

    These muffins look so good. I will have to try them! I love the idea of a savory carrot muffin!

  15. I have to make these soon:)

  16. I too not have thought about muffins other than banana,butter,chocolate...nice post!:)

  17. This would be great for a light lunch.

  18. This looks too yummy:) nice way to eat muffins in this way!

  19. I prefer savoury muffins to sweet ones...And yes I had craved for it on Laksmi's on yours :)

    Interesting food quirks..the fifth is typical of my hub...

  20. ooh! savory muffins? Ok I am coming over Divya! these look delicious.

  21. Hey Divya,

    Tagged me uh! Cilantro is my fav herb. The savory muffins are refreshing after all the sweet muffins we generally taste.

  22. I've oftened imagined what a 'kara-cake' would be like, but never got around to trying it. This is perfect! Interesting meme!

  23. You know? I have not tried savory muffins either. :) Maybe I should start with this one. We love coriander! so these muffins must be super yummy, with the added health benefits of carrots, these muffins must definitely be good!

    Thanks for sharing with Bookmarked Recipes! (I'm hosting this week.) Wll let you know once the round-up is done! :)

  24. Wow...that sounds like a very unique combination for a muffin!!~:)

  25. wonderful going to try this!!

  26. Hi Divya,

    Delicious looking muffin. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  27. Look so yummy delicious.

  28. Wonderful and superb recipe....

  29. thats really wonderful...looks like baked bonda :)..will definitely try sometime later..wven ur pistachio roll n oats dosa has tempted me a lot...

  30. looks really yummy divya .. the read was fun ..

  31. interesting! A salty muffin.

  32. That looks yummy and i've been itching to give these savoury muffins a shot - hopefully soon.

  33. nice muffins with carrot....sure is a healty one

  34. Very good idea Divya. It looks very good. I'm also going to try this. Siri is hosting this month's Herb Mania, coriander is the herb of the month. You can send it if you are interested.

  35. wonderful and unique carrot muffins...looks tempting and btw u were asking me the meaning of name of my kiddo Smera..that means Smily :)

  36. those look great! i know i'd love savory muffins though i havent tried them before..

  37. Thanks for tagging me Divya! I think your habbit of discarding tomatoes is really cute :)

  38. And now that I can see the pics I must tell you your savoury muffins would make the perfect breakfast :D

  39. I have bookmarked lakshmi recipe too..But yet to try..Muffins look pretty..

  40. These look wonderful! Thank you for your Bookmarked Recipes entry!

  41. Savory muffins! Now I'll be dreaming of these all day.

  42. Lovely looking muffins Divya!

    Thanks for sending in..



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