Thursday, July 11, 2013

Carrot Rice

          When you are bored of the regular sambar, rasam and curry routine, mixed rice or variety rice makes for a quick and tasty option. Other than the traditional, lemon, tamarind or tomato rice, I also make these vegetable rices. We can use almost any vegetable to make this and adding some freshly ground masala gives it a nice flavor. Serve it with some raitha for a complete meal..

Need To Have

  • Cooked Rice - 3 cups, cooled
  • Grated Carrot - 11/2 cups
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal/ Husked, Split Black Gram - 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10
  • Salt - to taste

To Roast And Powder

  • Peanuts - 1 tablespoon
  • Dried Red Chillies - 4
  • Chana Dal/ Bengal Gram - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Seeds - 2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Clove - 1
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1" piece
  • Grated Coconut - 1 tablespoon


          Dry roast the peanuts, cool, remove the skin and keep. Heat a little oil, add all the ingredients given under ' to roast and powder', except for the peanuts and the grated coconut. Roast till the chana dal and coriander seeds turn golden, switch off and add the grated coconut and toast. Powder this, finally add the peanuts and pulse it into a coarse mixture.

          Now heat some oil, add the mustard seeds and urad dal, when it starts spluttering, add the asafoetida and curry leaves and chopped onions. Saute it till the onions turn pink, then add the grated carrot and salt and saute for about 5 minutes, till the raw smell of carrot goes away and it becomes soft to the bite.

          At this stage add the powdered mixture and mix for 2 more minutes. Lastly add the cooked rice and mix on reduced heat, for 2 to 3 minutes till the rice is warmed through. Remove and serve with some raitha  and potato chips.

You can add some cooked chickpeas or green peas along with the carrots.
Can make this with leftover rice. 
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  1. A great idea Hema. Will keep this in mind. I always have carrots left in my fridge and this rice would be an awesome recipe to try out.

  2. Very flavorful, yummy n healthy rice :)

  3. love carrot rice, urs with the addition of spice powders makes it even more tasty n flavorful..perfect lunch box recipe...

  4. healthy one pot the addition of peanuts ...

  5. nice recipe..never tried this...

  6. I do make carrot rice, but this spice powder makes this recipe interesting Hema! Rice looks spicy and delicious!

  7. colorful rice...perfect lunch box recipe

  8. gorgeous looking rice, pretty colors, would love to try them with some chickpeas :-)

  9. Wow ! So tasty and colorful rice dish!
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  10. True Hema sometimes sambar kootu becomes so monotonous and that s when even i turn to such options. Looks delish

  11. Very healthy one pot meal. loved the spice mix

  12. wow very flavorful rice looks very good.

  13. What a beauuutiful post! Bookmarked...for sure!

  14. lovely

  15. Nice and very interesting. Thank you for your sharing...........

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  16. This carrot rice looks yum...very innovative...I often have carrots left in my fridge which I do not know what to do I know :-)

  17. Hema, I prepared this rice with my little garden's carrots! Thanks for the nice recipe!

  18. was wonderign why i havent seen ur posts & look what i see carrot rice.. the exact same thing what i had for lunch today :)

  19. yummy healthy rice and the spice powder must have added a nice flavour and texture to the rice.

  20. flavorful rice with carrot..yummy..

  21. wow !! this shud be just great ,esp with the ground spices. me too makes similar rice, but with less spices esp for the kids. very tempting rice.

  22. Hema,very tempting carrot rice. Something different from the regular. Will try it out.

  23. Carrot rice looks nice and delicious.. Loved it Hema :-)