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Rice Made Easy – Let There Be Carrots

16 July 2010 22 Comments

Easy carrot rice recipe

Rice used to be just an accompaniment to dal (pulses) & vegetables, as plain rice or pulav a few years back. But not any more!  I am amazed by the versatility and varieties of dishes this humble grain creates, after coming to the land of rice.

You name an ingredient and there is a recipe for the same, and each recipe tasting better than the other. Coriander rice, cabbage rice, lemon rice, pepper rice, tamarind rice,  mint rice to name a few.


Carrot rice dons many avatars, with pepper, onion, clove and green chillies into the recipe. And with every version tasting unique and  different. My favorite is this quick and easy carrot rice with very few ingredients to go.  This Carrot rice is a  regular lunchbox for my son.


(makes for 2 servings)

  • 2 cups cooked plain rice
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 1 tsp of dry coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of Garam masala
  • Salt as desired
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 3 tsp of Oil
  • 1/2 tso Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp De husked Black Gram (Dhuli urad dal)

grated carrots

Method: Cook 2 cups of plain rice and spread it on a flat plate to cool it. Wash, scrub and grate 2 carrots. Heat oil in a wok and crackle the mustard seeds. Add the de husked black gram dal and fry it for a minute till it turns golden brown in color.


Add the grated carrots in the oil, and mix in all the dry spices. Mix it thoroughly and fry for about 2 minutes and take off the flames.

Mix in the cooked and cooled rice in this carrot mixture. Stir it well and pack a tasty and healthy lunchbox for kids or adults.

A quick and easy Carrot rice is ready in a jiffy.

easy carrot rice


  • Can make the recipe with the leftover rice also. Just re-heat the rice in microwave and mix in the cooked carrot mixture.
  • Quick to make it is a great lunchbox option for kids and adults as well. Serve it with homemade potato chips for a crunchy taste.
  • Makes a good picnic and travel food.
  • Mix Brown rice with white rice in the ratio of 1:1 and get healthy cooked plain rice.
  • Increase the quantity of carrots for better taste, more nutrients and excellent source of  fibers in your diet.

Shall come up with many more interesting and healthy rice recipes . Stay connected, take care.


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  • renuka said:

    Very good recepie!!!i’ll try this out and inform u.Thanks!!!

  • srividhya Ravikumar said:

    Delicious rice

  • nisha said:

    never really had carrot rice…carrot cake is a fav and carrot 2 munch on is awesome so im sure il def enjoy this

  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    What a delicious sounding rice. The carrots must add a lovely sweetness.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH

  • sushma mallya said:

    Carrot rice looks yum

  • Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective said:

    This sounds delicious!

  • Priya said:

    Great looking carrot rice, looks yummy..

  • Rosa said:

    I love rice and any pilav! That recipe sounds wonderful!



  • satya said:

    carrot rice looks delicious n tempting …..wonderful presentation

  • swathi said:

    Nice carrot rice Sanjeeta. I love the color and combination

  • Sayantani said:

    I am known as a bunny for my love of carrots. this one looks so fab. love it.

  • Treat and Trick said:

    Great photos, looks delicious and healthy dear….

  • Cool Lassi(e) said:

    Umm, delicious carrot rice. I frequently make a variation of this at home.

  • elra said:

    Sounds intriguing 🙂

  • Krishnaveni said:

    delicious and healthy rice, beautiful

  • RV said:

    This looks divine and Yumm.

  • Namitha said:

    So vibrant and delicious…glad to find your space…

  • Pacheco Patty said:

    Very Yummy looking rice, I love the carrots and spices. I would like this in my lunchbox!

  • Veggie Belly said:

    i love this carrot pulao!

  • Srimathi said:

    The carrot rice looks very delicious.

  • Deepa said:

    Carrot rice looks delicious and healthy. I do add green peas sometimes. Very nice and filling for lunch box-item.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Suma said:

    Perfect for a nutri-packed lunch..looks very colorful!!

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