Carrot Rice

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The veggie carrot is so popular and healthy that it forms a part of everyday ingredients.  We also prepare salads/kosambari, and add to sambar and most rice items not only for the bright colors but also taste. Today I would like to put up Carrot Rice, a real departure from the usual menu. Tastes great, healthy and easy to prepare. Here it goes:

What you need to have:

1. Basumati Rice – 1 cup

2. Grated Carrots – 2 cups

3. Fresh Green peas – 3/4 cup(can also use the dried one or even frozen)

Ingredients of Carrot Rice

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1.Masala patha – 2

2. Cloves -2

3.Cardamom – 1

4. Cinnamon – 2″ piece

5. Cumin seeds  – 1 Teaspoon

6.  Onions chopped – 1/2 cup

7.  Tomato chopped – 1/4 cup

8. Green chilli – 1

9. Cashews – A handful

10. Resins – A handful

11. Chilli powder – 1 Teaspoon

12. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

13. Garam masala powder – 1 /2 Teaspoon(Plain without chilli powder)

14. Dhania-jeera powder – 1 Teaspoon

15. Cooking oil – 2-3 Tablespoons

15. Salt -To taste

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peel and grate carrots fine and keep it aside.  Also wash and drain water from rice too.

2. Wash and chop Tomatoes fine, Wash, peal and chop onions lengthwise as well and keep it aside as shown in image 2.

3. Place a cooker with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  When heated add slit green chilli, Masala patha to it.  When fried add cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon sticks.  When fried add cashews and resins to it and stir well. When fried, add chopped tomatoes from step 2 to it and when it turns mushy add chopped onions from step 2 to it. Add required quantity of salt to it and allow it to turn transparent stiring every now and then.

Chopped tomatoes, onion and masala items being seasoned

4. Add Turmeric powder, chilli powder, dhania- jeera powder and garam masala powder in a row. Finally add green peas and grated carrots to it and fry it on low flame only.

Grated carrots and Green peas being fried

5. Add Basumati rice from step 1to it and fry for a minute. Add required quantity of water to it and cook as usual for around 20 minutes

Basumati rice being fried in the seasoning

Required quantity of water added before cooking

6. Ready to serve Carrot Rice is as shown in the image below. Enjoy with raitha of your choice.

Ready to serve Carrot rice with salad

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 4


23 thoughts on “Carrot Rice

    Pratiba Bhat said:
    July 11, 2010 at 8:10 am

    You are a magical cook !!! 🙂 Lovely pictures 🙂 Very neat work. Keep up the splendid work 🙂 🙂 I’ll be getting to learn a lot from you as a newbee to the cooking world 🙂 Thank you so much!! Oh and I wish I could have carrot rice now itself!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Pratiba bhat,

      You too have a nice blog with mow recipes and i am a frequent visitor hence forth.

    Hari Chandana said:
    July 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Looks spicy and amzing.. too good presentation dear !!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Harichandana,

      What a wonderful blog you have with mind blowing recipes !!!!

    Trupti said:
    July 12, 2010 at 2:11 am

    pulao looks delicious and lovely clicks

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Trupti,

      Thanx a lot for your comments.

    Sushma Mallya said:
    July 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Hi prathibha, how are you doing…carrot rice looks really yum. & nice to use carrots this way…

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      hI sUSHMA,

      As you say especially for kids some new dishes can be served to feed a veggie like carrots!!!!!

    praniskitchen said:
    July 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    wow realy delicious and healthy rice.. looks so colorful and liked the platter.. so delicious.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Praniskitchen,

      Fresh carrots make the colour of the dish still better.

    Shilpa Rao said:
    July 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hi PAchi,

    Excellent rice and Raita combination, how I wish I could download the dish and start eating :))) You have wonderful collection of all these zhatpat rice.

    Am waiting for Batata Vaagu, I just love that dish!!!

    Best Regards,


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Shilpa,

      I will surely put up your request recipe of ” Batate vagu” soon.

    chitra said:
    July 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Nice color..will surely try this…

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Chitra,

      Do try out and send me the feed back please.

    Laavanya Ballal. said:
    July 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    The Pulav, showed in the above picture, has quite an appetizing look . Have plans to try my hand in preparing the same this week end. Lemme see, if I could make it as good as the one in the pic. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, dear Pratibha ji.

    With kind regards,

    Savitha said:
    July 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hi Aunty,

    Prepared Carrot Rice today for my kids lunch box. Excellent dish. Thanks for this recipe.


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Hi Savitha,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back and do share the link of this blog among your friends.

    Sumithra Devi said:
    July 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I visited few of the recepies wow what a colouful recipes. It’s tempting.
    Will you give some toddler food recipe that will be very useful to me as well as many women.

    Mekala said:
    November 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Tried the recipe today.. came out very well.. Thanks for sharing..

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Mekala,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back . Do try out other recipes of your choice on this blog and send me the feed-back too.

    sharath said:
    November 27, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Made this today. Turned out well. I think I just lucky with the water though. Maybe you can specify the quantity of water ( in cups ) instead of leaving it to amateur cooks like us.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

      Hi Sharath,

      Normally for any brand of Basumati rice which we use for Rice items water proportion could be 1-1and 1/2 or 3/4 depending upon the fact that the if rice is old or new. If new 1 and 1/2 will do , else it is 1 and 3/4 water.

      Basumati rice – 1 Cup water – 1 and 1/2 or 3/4

    happiebelle said:
    July 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Hi !! I have just tried this and came out yummy, loved it with Raitha !! 🙂

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