Marinating and grilling the carrots gives them a salty and charred flavor that goes perfectly with Chermoula’s spicy sauce.
How to Make It
In a medium saucepan, toast the black peppercorns over moderately high heat, swirling the pan, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar, 1 1/2 cups of water and the 2 tablespoons of kosher salt and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the carrots. Let stand for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the cumin seeds over moderately high heat, swirling the pan often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Pour the seeds into a blender. Add 1/2 cup of the parsley leaves, the chopped carrot tops, cilantro leaves, chili, garlic, and ice. Blend into a coarse paste, then drizzle in the tahini and puree until a smooth sauce forms. Stir in the lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup of water and season the charmoula sauce with salt and pepper.
Drain the carrots and discard the brine, or save it to use again. Pat the carrots dry and toss them with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Light a grill or heat a cast-iron grill pan. Add the carrots and grill over high heat until crisp-tender and grill marks appear, about 8 minutes. Transfer the carrots to a plate and let cool to room temperature.
Pour all but 2 tablespoons of the charmoula onto a platter and scatter the grilled carrots over the sauce. In a bowl, toss the remaining 1 cup of parsley leaves with the reserved 2 tablespoons of charmoula and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and scatter over the carrots. Sprinkle with the chopped almonds and serve.