August 30, 2011

Carrot Rice

Hi Friends,

I am back after this wonderful break from the monotony and decided to do something quick for my lunch while I was jet lagged.  I found some carrots lying in my refrigerator and cooked up this rice dish. It was such a wonderful coincidence as the Healthy Lunch Box Ideas with the Carrot theme was going on as well.  This also put me back on track of food blogging which I probably would have procrastinated for another month.  

It is no wonder this recipe goes to Healthy Lunchbox Ideas (HLI) event with CARROTS as the theme at Sizzling Tastebuds .

3/4 cup sona masoori rice
2 medium size carrots
1 small potato peeled and cut into small pieces
handful of frozen peas
1 medium size onion chopped fine
1.5 tbsp ground roasted peanuts
1" long cinnamon stick
3 cloves
5 tsp oil
salt to taste

Spice Powder
1 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 long red chilli
3 tsp grated coconut

Roast the spice powder ingredients in little oil.  Add the coconut in the end and roast until it changes color.  Powder them and keep aside.

Peel the carrots, cut into big pieces and blanch in boiling water for 4 minutes.  Then grate the carrots coarsely.  Alternatively, you can also process in a food processor.  I like to do it this way as the carrots get integrated well with the rice.

Cook the rice separately and keep it aside to cool.

Take oil in a pan and when it is hot enough add the cinnamon and the cloves.  Now add the onions and saute till they are transparent.  Follow it with potatoes and peas and cook until they are little soft adding little bit of salt.  Add the processed carrots and cook until the raw smell of the carrot goes away.  Add the spice powder and cook for few more minutes.  Mix the rice in thoroughly along with salt and stir it on high flame for few minutes.  Add the roasted peanut powder in the end and give a good mix.

Serve this rice with raita or pachadi(south indian verion of raita).


  1. Wat a wonderful looking one pot meal..yumm..

  2. thanks priya....i have been missing all ur wonderful recipes:(

  3. That looks great, I like the spice powders you use.

  4. Carrot rice is an alltime favorite.. lovely recipe..
    Krithi's Kitchen