Carrot Rice (Straightforward and Wholesome) » Dassana’s Veg Recipes

This Carrot rice is flippantly spiced and scrumptious. Made with cooked rice, grated carrots, herbs, spices this gentle dish could be very simple to organize. Have some leftover rice and carrots? Why not make this satisfying hearty carrot rice recipe which could be simply custom-made to the components you might have.

carrot rice garnished with cashews, fried onions and raisins served in a white plate on a checkered white and blue napkin

About this recipe

Within the Indian delicacies, there are a lot of methods anyone recipe is made. So it’s with this carrot rice. Both you’ll be able to throw in all of the components in a pan and even an Instantaneous Pot to make carrot rice or make it like the way in which I’ve completed.

Cooked rice is blended with a flavorful sautéed combination of spices and carrots. This technique of creating carrot rice is often adopted within the South Indian cooking.

Since this carrot rice is mildly spiced, it goes effectively with youngsters. There’s a refined sweetness coming from the carrots. The sautéed onions, cashews and raisins add a lot candy notes to the dish.

Use any technique, however making any rice-based dish is simple and takes much less time. This carrot rice recipe is made rapidly.

Step-by-Step Information

How one can make Carrot Rice

Cooking rice

1. Soak ½ cup rice in a bowl in sufficient water for 30 minutes. Drain after which put aside.

TIP: You possibly can use any Indian number of rice like sona masuri, surti kolam or parimal rice and even basmati rice. I used hand pounded sona masuri rice. If you happen to dwell exterior India, the Indian kinds of rice are simply out there on-line or on amazon.

soaked and drained rice in a yellow bowl to make carrot rice recipe

2. Add the rice to a 2 litre strain cooker with zero.75 to 1 cups water. Strain cook dinner for two whistles. You can too cook dinner the rice in a pot or pan including some extra water. Then drain the water as soon as the rice is cooked.

Since this rice was hand pounded rice, I strain cooked for three whistles and added 1.25 cups water.

cooked rice in the pressure cooker

three. When the rice is cooking, peel and grate 2 medium sized carrots. Set the grated carrots apart. Thinly slice 1 small onion and chop one inexperienced chili or half of a serrano pepper.

grated carrots to make carrot rice recipe

four. When the strain settles down by itself, open the lid of the cooker. Gently fluff the rice and permit it cool utterly.

I cooled the rice grains within the cooker itself. However it’s also possible to take the rice grains on a big plate/tray and funky them.

cooked rice being fluffed


5. In a pan warmth 1.5 tablespoons oil. Add the thinly sliced onions.

TIP: Any impartial flavored oil works effectively on this recipe. Crimson, white and yellow onions, even scallions, pearl onions or shallots are nice to incorporate. See, I instructed you this recipe is definitely customizable!

onions being sautéed in oil

6. Stir and sauté the onions on a low to medium flame till onions begin to flip gentle golden.

TIP: Including a pinch of salt makes the onions cook dinner quicker.

onions light golden

7. When the onions start to get gentle golden, add 10 to 12 cashews, saved entire or halved, 10 to 12 raisins.

TIP: Shouldn’t have cashews or raisins? Merely skip them or add the nuts that you’ve – almonds, pistachios, walnuts or pine nuts.

cashews, raisins added to sautéed light golden onions

eight. Combine very effectively.

ingredients mixed well

9. Sauté till the raisins change into plump. By the point the raisins change into plump, the onions will even get golden. If you need the cashews to change into golden, then sauté every part individually.

cashews, raisins, onions being sautéed

10. Take away with a slotted spoon and maintain this sautéed combination of fried onions, cashews and raisins apart.

sautéed onions, raisins, cashew set aside in a small steel plate to make carrot rice recipe

Making carrot rice

11. In the identical pan, some oil will probably be left. Decrease the warmth. Add ½ tsp mustard seeds, 1 small tej patta (Indian bay leaf), ½ inch cinnamon, 1 to 2 inexperienced cardamoms and a couple of cloves.

TIP 1 : I hear you! Shouldn’t have all of the Indian spices? – Throw within the fundamental ones you might have – cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and inexperienced cardamoms. Mustard seeds could be skipped.

TIP 2: If you happen to do not need entire spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Merely embody ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder or curry powder.

spices being fried

12. Stir and fry till the mustard seeds crackle.

spices crackling

13. Then add within the chopped inexperienced chilies, 5 to six curry leaves and a pinch of asafetida (elective). Stir and fry for half a minute.

TIP: If you happen to do not need curry leaves or asafetida, merely skip these. Some warmth is required within the dish. So you’ll be able to swap inexperienced chili peppers to any scorching pepper of your selection. Simply add about ½ teaspoon of it. Or swap for ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or crimson chilli powder.

curry leaves and green chillies added

14. Add the grated carrots.

grated carrots added

15. Combine totally.

grated carrots being sautéed

16. Sauté the carrots for about three minutes on a low to medium warmth.

sautéed carrots ready to make carrot rice recipe

17. Add the steamed rice and blend. The rice grains must be cooled utterly earlier than you add them.

added cooked rice

18. Season with salt. Once more combine very effectively and change off the warmth.

mixed and added salt

19. Lastly add the fried onions, cashews and raisins. Additionally add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro).

TIP: Substitute recent parsley for cilantro.

added coriander leaves and onions, cashews, raisins mixture to carrot rice

20. Combine very effectively. You can too garnish the carrot rice with the fried onions, cashews and raisins as a substitute of blending them.

mixed evenly and carrot rice is ready to be served

21. Serve carrot rice with scorching or heat.

carrot rice garnished with cashews, fried onions and raisins served in a white plate on a light wooden tray

Serving solutions

I serve this carrot rice with a facet of a raita or salad. You’ll be able to even pack it as a tiffin field lunch with a facet of chutney or a veggie stir fry.

The tangy bitter flavors of an onion tomato salad mix so properly with the gentle, candy flavors of this carrot rice.

In reality a tangy tomato salad or perhaps a mayo salad will pair vastly. If you happen to do not need any veggies, merely serve carrot rice with a easy plain curd (yogurt).


Although you largely received’t have any leftovers, however in case in case you do have, then refrigerate and eat inside a day. Don’t maintain for an extended time within the fridge. Rice is finest had freshly made.


Knowledgeable Suggestions

Substances swaps

  • Rice: You possibly can use any Indian number of non-sticky rice to make this recipe. I make carrot rice with Indian kinds of rice however any non-indian varieties or strains of rice would additionally work effectively. Simply that you’ll want to regulate the water and cooking time. If you happen to dwell exterior of India, you’ll find the Indian kinds of rice in your native Indian grocery retailer or on amazon. 
  • Oil: Impartial flavored oils are a greater possibility for this recipe. That being mentioned, even coconut oil works splendidly.
  • Onions: Number of onions could be included. Say shallots, pearl onions, scallions, crimson, white and yellow onions. Isn’t that nice?
  • Dry fruits and nuts: If you happen to do not need cashews or raisins, merely skip them or add the nuts that you’ve. 
  • Spices: This recipe is a South Indian model of carrot rice. So the spices included are those used ceaselessly in South Indian Meals. Although you’ll be able to skip mustard seeds, however do add embody cinnamon, cloves and inexperienced cardamoms. As an alternative of mustard seeds it’s also possible to add cumin. Cumin would give a special taste profile to the dish however will style good. Curry leaves and asafetida could be omitted.
  • Inexperienced chillies: A bit of warmth balances the sweetness within the carrot rice recipe. So you’ll be able to swap inexperienced chili peppers to any scorching pepper of your selection. Merely add about ½ teaspoon of it. Or swap for ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or crimson chilli powder. 

Recipe notes

  • Utilizing leftover rice: When you have leftover steamed or cooked plain white rice – then you definitely want solely three cups of it. Merely observe all of the recipe steps from sautéing the onions, spices, carrots after which mixing rice with the sautéed combination. With precooked rice, this recipe could be made in a jiffy.
  • Cooking rice in a pan: You’ll be able to simply cook dinner rice in a pan. Add the rice, salt and three to three.5 cups water in a pan. Simmer on medium-low warmth till the rice grains are fluffy and tender. Drain the additional water. Let the cooked rice grains cool at room temperature.
  • Spicing: For small youngsters, you’ll be able to skip the inexperienced chillies. If you happen to like spicy meals, then you’ll be able to positively add extra inexperienced chillies or couple it with crimson chilli powder or cayenne pepper. You’ll be able to even add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder for a yellow coloured rice. If you happen to do not need entire spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Substituting about ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder will work too.
  • Veggies: Aside from carrots, some bell peppers (capsicum), cabbage and steamed inexperienced peas or boiled corn kernels when added will make it a hearty meal.
  • Gluten free recipe: To make this carrot rice gluten free, skip the asafetida or use a gluten-free asafoetida.
  • Scaling: You possibly can simply make a big batch of this carrot rice recipe.

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Carrot rice is flippantly spiced and scrumptious rice recipe and could be made rapidly. It additionally goes effectively as tiffin field lunch.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook dinner Time 15 minutes

Whole Time 30 minutes

Servings 2


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This carrot rice recipe from the archives (Might 2015) has been republished and up to date on 12 January 2021.

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