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