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An Illustrated Guide to Making Carrot Rice

Updated on July 18, 2017
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I love cooking tasty, healthy meals and staying fit. I truly enjoy sharing traditional Indian dishes with everyone.

Overview of Making a Simple Recipe: Carrot Rice

I make carrot rice often. It is a healthy dish and very easy to make. Bright-orange colored carrots are sweetish and tasty. Carrot has become a superfood due to its amazing health benefits.

For making carrot rice, you have to cook rice al dente. Heat some oil in a deep pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, split Bengal gram, and white lentils. Saute on a low fire till mustard seeds pop up and lentil becomes golden. Add chopped onions, grated ginger, green chilies, and broken red chilies. Saute till onion becomes transparent. Add grated carrot. Continue sautéing on low fire till carrot becomes soft. Throw some salt in thew mixture. Mix well.

Transfer this mix into the bowl containing cooked rice. Add grated coconut. Squeeze lemon juice. Adjust salt. Carrot rice is ready to serve!

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Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients:

  • 2 bowls cooked white rice
  • 2 big cups grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • 2 dry red chilies, broken into two
  • 8 curry leaves, for the tempering
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger, optional
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, for the tempering
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds, for the tempering
  • 1/2 tsp split Bengal gram, for the tempering
  • 1/2 tsp white lentil, for the tempering
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp oil

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Carrot Rice

  1. Cook rice al dente. Immerse the rice on a plate for quick cooling. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, broken red chilies, split Bengal gram, white lentil, and curry leaves. Saute on a low fire till mustard seeds pop up and lentil turns golden brown.
  3. Add chopped onion, green chilies, and grated ginger. Continue sauteing till onion becomes transparent.
  4. Add grated carrot. Throw some salt. Mix well. Stir-cook for a few minutes or till it becomes soft.
  5. Transfer this mix to the plate containing cooked rice. Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly with your hand. Check for salt. Add salt if needed.
  6. Carrot rice is ready to serve. Serve it with any mild raita like cucumber and onion raita or tomato and onion raita. It tastes good even without any side dish.
  7. Happy eating. Enjoy the taste!

Important Tips:

1. For enhancing the taste, you can add peanuts for the tempering. You can even fry the peanuts separately and add at the end.

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Step one: Keep the ingredients ready. Immerse cooked rice on a plate.Step two: Make the temperingStep three: Add diced onions, green chilies, and  gingerStep four: Add grated carrot. Stir-cook till it becomes soft. Add salt and mix well.Step five:  Pour the mix on the rice. Squeeze lemon juice. Add grated coconut. Mix with your hand. Check for salt. Add if needed.Step six: Carrot rice is ready to eat.
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready. Immerse cooked rice on a plate.
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready. Immerse cooked rice on a plate.
Step two: Make the tempering
Step two: Make the tempering
Step three: Add diced onions, green chilies, and  ginger
Step three: Add diced onions, green chilies, and ginger
Step four: Add grated carrot. Stir-cook till it becomes soft. Add salt and mix well.
Step four: Add grated carrot. Stir-cook till it becomes soft. Add salt and mix well.
Step five:  Pour the mix on the rice. Squeeze lemon juice. Add grated coconut. Mix with your hand. Check for salt. Add if needed.
Step five: Pour the mix on the rice. Squeeze lemon juice. Add grated coconut. Mix with your hand. Check for salt. Add if needed.
Step six: Carrot rice is ready to eat.
Step six: Carrot rice is ready to eat.

Nutritional Information of Carrot Rice

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 84
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 36 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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