Sunday, December 11, 2005

Carrot rice

Making items just to finish the contents of the fridge is somewhat difficult, especially when my mind is focused on other things like getting clothes sorted for the trip home, making sure I have lists of what to take (and more importantly, what to bring back with me!) and so on.

Anyway, with just over a kilo of carrots to finish in the next couple of days, carrot rice inevitably found itself on the menu. It's very simple if you have the masala powder made beforehand, and the good thing is you can make extra powder that will come in handy another time. All you need to make carrot rice (apart from the carrots, haha) are a couple of onions and a tomato - items that usually are at hand in most kitchens.

Carrot rice looks pretty and can be chilli-hot and carrot-sweet at the same time - the amount of heat, of course, depending on your tolerance for chillies.

Recipe for:
Carrot rice


Carrots, grated - 3 cups
Basmati rice, cooked - 2 cups
Two onions, chopped fine
One tomato, chopped fine
1 tsp mustard seeds
5 curry leaves
2 tbsp carrot rice masala powder
1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
2 tbsp roasted peanuts - for garnish (optional)
3 tsp oil
Salt to taste


1. Heat the oil in a wok, add the curry leaves and mustard seeds. Cover and let the seeds pop, then add the onions and cook till they begin to turn soft.

2. Add the chopped tomato and stir, cooking till it turns soft and mushy.

3. Now put in the grated carrot and salt to taste, stirring till the ingredients are well-mixed.

4. Sprinkle two tbsp of the
carrot rice masala powder and mix it into the grated carrot mixture. Let this cook for 4-5 minutes, till the carrots change colour slightly.

5. Finally add the rice and carefully mix it into the carrot masala. Let it heat through, then sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and garnish with the peanuts if using. Serve hot with any raita and salted potato crisps, pappadams or vadams.


Priya Bhaskaran said...

your carrot rice looks yummy. I have had carrot rice but never tried so far. Your recipe looks mouthwatering. Nice pictures.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Priya. :) Hope you like the recipe when you try it! By the way, if that's you in the pic... very very pretty!

Priya Bhaskaran said...

ohh yeah that's my pic:) very traditional one. Thank you.

Kay said...

Shammi, I make carrot rice too. Similar to a lemon rice recipe, except that I add a small cup of thinly grated carrots. I should try your recipe sometime.

David R. MacIver said...

Hi. Tried this recipe for dinner tonight - it turned out very well. I confess I slightly butchered the massala recipe, but that's mainly because I'm constitutionally incapable of following instructions. It worked anyway.

So, thanks for a great recipe. I'll be watching the blog for more. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, David! Glad that your tweak on the masala recipe worked out :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Shyamala,

Yesterday I tried carrot rice,it came out very well.Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.


Unknown said...

Hi Shyamala,

We just had carrot rice for dinner. It was amazing!
Thanks for great recipe!


Shammi said...

Radhika: Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Rashmi: You're welcome! :) I'm always happy to know success stories!

anudivya said...

Shyamala, did this person get your permission to publish your picture from this post on his website?
There was a problem with another blogger's content being plagiarised by this person too, so just wanted to alert you.

Anonymous said...

hi, i tried this. it was delicious. thanx a ton

Shiv said...


Very good blog!

Read your comment on In fact the guy seems to be an absolute plaigiarist. Almost ALL his recipes had been copied word by word from Thangam Philip's book "Modern Cookery for Teaching and the Trade" volumes I & II. I found that some of his pictures were stolen from too.


Anonymous said...

ur carrot rice looks yummy, but what is this carrot rice masala powder where do we get it can we add some else in place of that powder?? or can we make the masala at home, can u give me the recipe?

Shammi said...

Siva Jyothi: The link to carror rice masala powder is in Step 4 of the recipe (the text is in bold). Or you can find it under the Masala Powders cetegory dro-down box on the right.