Gajar recipes or carrot recipes – a list or collection of 38 Indian carrot recipes ranging from main course, sides and sweets. Carrot or gajar as we call it in Hindi, is a veggie that is always there in the fridge. If I do not include carrots in the food I prepare, I do serve them as a salad or just chop them up and serve as a side dish with any Indian meal.
Apart from adding carrot in mixed veggie dishes, you can also make recipes only from carrots. So in this collection I have shared recipes made exclusively with carrots and also where two to three veggies are included. Will be sharing a few more carrot recipes on website and this list will be updated.
Health benefits of carrots
The boss of beta carotene, carrots are not just this but also an excellent source of other plant compounds, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Also, low in fats and calories, and high in water.
Whether red, orange, purple, yellow or even white, carrots are cool for your health and you must include them in your diet in any and every way possible. Have it in salads, make a halwa or cake, or toss up a simple dish like carrot poriyal or aloo gajar sabji.
More reasons as to why you must not forget carrots in your diet:
- This root vegetable is known to be one of the best for your eye health.
- Eat carrots to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer like stomach, prostate, breast, etc.
- These help to lower your blood cholesterol; thus, the chances of heart disease lessen.
- Since carrots are super low on calories and aid fullness, they are great for your weight loss regimes.
You can also check these popular veggie recipes collections:
- Beetroot recipes
- Potato recipes
- Matar recipes (24 green peas recipes)
- Sweet corn recipes (makai or bhutta ki recipes)
Collection of 30 gajar recipes
1. Gajar halwa – a traditional way of making delicious gajar halwa without any shortcuts or tweaks. this traditional recipe uses just full fat milk, ghee and sugar. We generally use red Delhi carrots to make the halwa as they are tender and juicy.
2. Aloo gajar – Simple homely dry sabzi or veggie preparation with potatoes and carrots. Being a dry sabzi and one which is not spicy, it goes very well as a tiffin box lunch with some soft chapatis or parathas.
3. Carrot paratha – healthy and delicious whole wheat parathas made with carrots and herbs. They make for a filling and tasty breakfast when served with a side of yogurt or butter or pickle. These parathas are slightly crisp from outside and soft from within.
4. Carrot rice – Made with cooked rice, grated carrots, herbs, spices this mild dish is very easy to prepare. Have some leftover rice and carrots? Why not make this satisfying hearty carrot rice recipe which can be easily customized to the ingredients you have.
This is one of those rice recipes that can be made quickly. It also goes well as tiffin box lunch.
5. Carrot ginger soup – easy recipe of a comforting carrot and ginger soup. There is sweet taste in the soup coming from the carrots along with the warmth of ginger.
6. Carrot barfi – easy and quick recipe of carrot burfi made with 4 ingredients. the recipe of carrot burfi is similar to the way gajar halwa is made.
7. Aloo gajar matar – this is a Punjabi style dry veggie dish made from potatoes, carrots and peas. The entire dish is cooked in the pressure cooker, but you can also cook it in a pan.
8. Carrot tomato soup – this is one of the most simplest and easy soup recipe to make. The soup has the sweetness of the carrots & onions, along with the slight tanginess of the tomatoes. Garlic in the soup gives a slight sharpness with the earthy flavors of cumin.
9. Carrot payasam – creamy and smooth payasam made with carrots, jaggery and coconut milk. In this recipe, the carrots are cooked first and blended to a puree. So you get a creamy and smooth payasam.
10. Gajar matar sabzi – Delicious dry sauteed carrots and fresh green peas. A dish that is a regular in my home. It makes for an easy lunch or dinner on weeknights. Savor with a roti or paratha for a comforting healthy meal.
11. Carrot raita – simple and easy to prepare raita with an interesting tempering of asafoetida or hing added at the end. This tempering with ghee perks up the flavor of carrot raita. However the tempering is optional and you can skip it too.
12. Instant Pot Carrot Halwa – Yes gajar halwa made in the instant pot in about 15 minutes. So obviously a very quick method to make a delicious gajar halwa in the IP.
13. Carrot kanji – a fermented North Indian probiotic drink made from carrots, beetroot and ground mustard and water. Being a probiotic drink it is extremely good for the gut and improves digestion.
14. Gobi gajar shalgam achar – sweet and sour Punjabi winter special pickle made with cauliflower, carrots and turnips.
15. Gajar murabba – a juicy, syrupy, tender and soft carrots which taste too good. For making gajar murabba carrots are cooked in sugar syrup flavored with a few spices.
16. Veg chops – one of the popular street food in bengal. These are addictive and no one can just eat one. These fried crisp chops can be compared to croquettes or Veg cutlet and have a slight sweet taste due to the addition of beetroot, carrots and peanuts.
17. Carrot chutney – This quick and tasty carrot chutney goes well with idli or soft dosas like poha dosa, neer dosa, benne dosa or with rava idli, adai and even medu vada.
18. Carrot poriyal – simple and easy to prepare carrot poriyal recipe. Poriyal are veggies based dry dishes from the Tamil Nadu cuisine. This preparation is quite nutritious too and pairs perfectly with a sambar-rice combination.
19. Veg chilli milli – spicy and tasty gravy made with mix veggies, tomatoes-cashew paste, green chilies and spices. Usually cabbage, carrots, capsicum (green bell pepper) and green peas are added in this dish. Though, you can also use your choice of veggies.
20. Veg shakuti recipe – veg xacuti is a delicious spicy coconut based curry with complex flavors. Xacuti recipe is a popular dish from the Goan cuisine. I have used mix vegetables to make xacuti.
21. Jini dosa – popular and delicious variety of dosa from Mumbai. Jini dosa is a yummy, crispy, cheesy dosa with spicy, sour, sweet taste along with the crunchiness of the veggies. The taste of cheese is distinctly felt in the dosa and goes very well with the vegetables.
22. Cabbage manchurian – Chinese pakoda are crisp and spiced fried vegetable fritters. Chinese pakora is one of the inventions from Mumbai city and is popular there.
23. Vegetable lollipop – veg lollipop are crispy fried balls made with mix vegetable filling. veg lollipops make for a tasty vegetarian appetizer or a starter snack at get together and parties.
24. American chopsuey – one of the most popular fusion Chinese recipe that is made in India is veg American chopsuey. This crispy crunchy snack is popular with both kids and adults alike.
25. Veg Korma – aromatic, delicious and lightly spiced curry made with mix vegetables. You can serve veg korma with pooris or rotis or neer dosa or poha dosa or set dosa or even with plain soft dosa. It can also be served with steamed rice or appam or lachha paratha or Kerala paratha.
26. Mix Vegetable Recipe – My Mom’s recipe for North Indian style mixed vegetable recipe is a family favorite, and I’m certain you’ll love it too! Use just one pot and any vegetables you might have on hand to make this delicious mix veg recipe. It tastes delicious with roti, paratha or poori.
27. Veg sagu – creamy coconut+spices based delicious curry made with mix veggies. You can serve it with set dosa, neer dosa or with pooris, chapatis, parathas.
28. Veg handi – This veg diwani handi is a rich, creamy curry made with mixed vegetables. A restaurant-style vegetable handi that tastes damn good with tandoori rotis or naan or paratha or roti.
29. Veg Kolhapuri – This is a spicy and tasty mix vegetable curry from Kolhapuri cuisine. Vegetable Kolhapuri is best served with chapatis, bajra bhakri or jowar bhakri, phulkas and even parathas.
30. Carrot cake – decadent and delicious carrot cake made without eggs. Like my most Cake Recipes, this carrot cake is also made with whole wheat flour. Though you can also make it with all-purpose flour. The cake tastes good and is filling. There is a slight denseness in the cake due to whole wheat flour.
This Carrot Recipes collection from the blog archives first published in January 2017 has been republished and updated on December 2022.