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carrot rice recipe - lightly spiced and delicious carrot rice recipe.

4.45 from 9 votes
total time:
30minutes

carrot rice recipe with step by step photos. lightly spiced and delicious carrot rice recipe.

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making any rice based dish is easy and takes less time. this is one of those rice recipes that can be made quickly. it also goes well as tiffin box lunch. usually when i make a vegetable based rice dish, most of the times i pair it with a raita.

since this carrot rice is mildly spiced, it goes well with kids. there is a subtle sweetness coming from the carrots. i have also sauteed onions, cashews and raisins which add to the sweet element in the recipe.

serve carrot rice with onion tomato raita or salad. plain curd (yogurt) will also go well.

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carrot rice recipe
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carrot rice recipe

carrot rice recipe - lightly spiced and delicious carrot rice recipe.
course main course
cuisine south indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 2
rough calories per serving 365 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking rice

  • ½ cup regular or basmati rice or 3 cups cooked rice
  • ¾ to 1 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt or add as required

other ingredients for carrot rice

  • ½ cup grated carrots or 2 medium carrots grated or 100 grams carrots (gajar)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 to 2 green cardamoms (chotti eliachi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) - chopped
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

for garnishing carrot rice

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced or ¼ cup tightly packed sliced onions
  • 10 to 12 cashews (kaju) - kept whole or halved
  • 10 to 12 raisins (kishmish)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)

how to make carrot rice recipe

cooking rice for carrot rice recipe

  1. soak 1/2 cup rice in a bowl in enough water for 30 minutes. drain and then keep aside. 

  2. you could use any rice like sona masuri, surti kolam or parimal rice or even basmati rice. i used hand pounded sona masuri rice.

  3. add the rice to the pressure cooker along with 0.75 to 1 cups water and 1/8 tsp salt (optional). pressure cook for 2 whistles. 

  4. you can also cook the rice in a pot or pan adding some more water. 

  5. then drain the water once the rice is cooked. since this rice was hand pounded rice, i cooked for 3 whistles and added 1.25 cups water.

  6. when the rice is cooking, peel and grate 2 medium sized carrots. keep the grated carrots aside. also slice 1 small onion and chop one green chili.
  7. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid of the cooker.
  8. gently fluff the rice and allow it cool completely. i cooled the rice in the cooker itself. but you can also take the rice in a large plate or thali and cool it.

making carrot rice

  1. in a pan heat 1.5 tbsp oil. add the thinly sliced onions.
  2. stir and saute the onions on a low to medium flame till onions start to turn light golden. add a pinch of salt for cooking the onions quickly.
  3. when the onions begin to get light golden, add 10 to 12 cashews, kept whole or halved, 10 to 12 raisins. stir very well.
  4. saute till the raisins become plump. by the time the raisins become plump, the onions will also get golden.
  5. remove the onions, cashews and raisins with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  6. in the same pan, some oil will be left. lower the flame. now add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 small tej patta, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 1 to 2 green cardamoms and 2 cloves.
  7. stir and saute till the mustard crackles.
  8. now add the chopped green chilies, 5 to 6 curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida (optional).
  9. stir and saute for half a minute.
  10. add the grated carrots. stir very well.
  11. saute the carrots for about 3 minutes on a low to medium flame. depending on the size of gratings, the sauteing can take less or more time.
  12. add the steamed rice and stir.
  13. season with salt. again mix very well and switch off the flame.
  14. lastly add the fried onions, cashews and raisins. also add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.
  15. mix very well. you can also garnish carrot rice with the fried onions, cashews and raisins.
  16. serve carrot rice with a side raita or salad.

recipe notes

  • the recipe can be doubled or tripled.

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preparation for carrot rice recipe

1. soak ½ cup rice in a bowl in enough water for 30 minutes. drain and then keep aside. you could use any rice like sona masuri, surti kolam or parimal rice or even basmati rice. i used hand pounded sona masuri rice.

rice for carrot rice recipe

2. add the rice to the pressure cooker along with 0.75 to 1 cups water. pressure cook for 2 whistles. you can also cook the rice in a pot or pan adding some more water. then drain the water once the rice is cooked. since this rice was hand pounded rice, i cooked for 3 whistles and added 1.25 cups water.

rice for carrot rice recipe

3. when the rice is cooking, peel and grate 2 medium sized carrots. keep the grated carrots aside. also thinly slice 1 small onion and chop one green chili.

grated carrots for carrot rice recipe

4. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid of the cooker. gently fluff the rice and allow it cool completely. i cooled the rice in the cooker itself. but you can also take the rice in a large plate or thali and cool it.

cooked rice for carrot rice recipe

making carrot rice

5. in a pan heat 1.5 tbsp oil. add the thinly sliced onions.

onions for carrot rice recipe

6. stir and saute the onions on a low to medium flame till onions start to turn light golden. add a pinch of salt for cooking the onions quickly.

onions for carrot rice recipe

7. when the onions begin to get light golden, add 10 to 12 cashews, kept whole or halved, 10 to 12 raisins.

cashews for carrot rice recipe

8. stir very well.

cashews for carrot rice recipe

9. saute till the raisins become plump. by the time the raisins become plump, the onions will also get golden. if you want the cashews to become golden, then saute everything separately.

raisins for carrot rice recipe

10. remove with a slotted spoon and keep this sauteed mixture of fried onions, cashews and raisins aside.

raisins for carrot rice recipe

11. in the same pan, some oil will be left. lower the flame. add ½ tsp mustard seeds, 1 small tej patta, ½ inch cinnamon, 1 to 2 green cardamoms and 2 cloves.

spices for carrot rice recipe

12. stir and saute till the mustard crackles.

spices for carrot rice recipe

13. now add the chopped green chilies, 5 to 6 curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida (optional). stir and saute for half a minute.

curry leaves for carrot rice recipe

14. add the grated carrots.

grated carrots for carrot rice recipe

15. stir very well.

grated carrots for making carrot rice recipe

16. saute the carrots for about 3 minutes on a low to medium flame.

sauteing carrots for carrot rice recipe

17. add the steamed rice and stir. the rice has to be cooled completely before you add it.

rice for carrot rice recipe

18. season with salt. again mix very well and switch off the flame.

salt for carrot rice recipe

19. lastly add the fried onions, cashews and raisins. also add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

cashews for carrot rice recipe

20. mix very well. you can also garnish the carrot rice with the fried onions, cashews and raisins instead of mixing them.

mix carrot rice recipe

21. serve carrot rice with a side raita or salad. plain curd (yogurt) will also go well.

carrot rice recipe, carrot rice

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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38 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Mam,
    Today morning i made this recipe.it tastes very nice.my 6 year old son liked it very much.instead of oil I added ghee and oil half half.I have one doubt your veg recipes of India app works in offline also or not.if it works offline also then its easy to me.like some apps are working in offline also.

    • thanks gayathri for this feedback on carrot rice recipe. ghee can be easily used. the app does not work in offline mode as the pics will not get downloaded from the server.

  2. I tried this recipe.It was delicious.Thank you so much.

    • Welcome Beena

  3. I made this rice.It was delicious.
    Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • Welcome Beena.

  4. This has become a regular dish at our home now. My husband loves to have carrot rice with chicken curry. The pictorial explanation makes it so easy to follow. Great collection of recipes, can’t wait to try the other recipes!

    • thanks limia for sharing your feedback on carrot rice recipe. do try the other recipes as well.

  5. Hi D. Amit
    U know what, you rock
    Superb recipe
    Thanks…!!!??

    • thanks a lot 🙂

  6. Hi Amit,
    I tried this recipe of your’s and it was amaze!!Its great for tiffin. Nice place you have here. You have done a great job!

    • thankyou binnie 🙂

  7. Any good side dish tO go with this carrot rice… Please suggest

    • jillu, you can try potato fry or mushroom stir fry.

  8. Hi amit

    Just finished making this rice. Its a hit. I prefer making one pot meal for lunch and these rice variety of urs is so very helpful.

    My husband usually asks me not to try any new recipes but whn i say i am trying ur recipes ,he asks me to make ..

    Also i tried set dosa.. in tht u have mentioned to add sugar while fermentation. Whts the reason. Can we add it to our regular dosa/idli batter.

    Thanks for the great recipes.

    • thank you pooja. convey my thanks to your hubby too. god bless both of you 🙂

      addition of sugar helps in the fermentation. what i have observed is that when sugar is added, the batter ferments well, then when it is not added. but only add in cold seasons. avoid adding in summers as the batter can get fermented too much. yes you can add sugar to the regular idli dosa batter.

      • Thanks amit.

        I too see the difference when sugar is added. Also the Rosa taste was too good. That’s y I wanted to ask.
        Thanks again.

        Tomorrow s lunch box menu is missi roti 🙂

        • welcome pooja. what is rosa? enjoy missi roti tomorrow 🙂

          • Sorry typo error. Its dosa 🙂

            • ok pooja thanks.

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