Sunday, July 27, 2008

Carrot Rice

What I like about this recipe is that it can be whipped up in no time and made for a yummy lunch that even my 2 yr old was happy to eat, with some curds to tone down the spiciness... in her case. The touch about adding some ground up peanuts and coconut was something that my MIL did and it jazzes up this mixed rice.


Basmati Rice - 1 cup, raw
Carrots - 2 cups, shredded
Onion - shy of 1 cup, sliced into 1 inch pieces
Garlic - 2 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch piece (made into a paste with garlic)
Curry leaves - 1 to 2 stalks
Sambar powder - 2 tsp
Viji's SIMP or Vangi bhath masala powder - 1.5 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 1 to 2 tbsp, chopped
Salt - to taste

Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp (for added flavour)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Channa dhal - 1 tbsp

To Grind (coarsely) :
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Roasted Peanuts - 1 to 2 tbsp

1) Cook the Basmati rice with 1.75 cups of water and a little bit of salt. Allow this to cool by spreading out on a plate so the grains are separate. (I pressure cooked it on Med-High for 1 whistle and medium for 2 whistles).

2) Heat oil in a wide pan and season with mustard, cumin, channa dhal and curry leaves. Add the sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste... cook till translucent and slightly brown. Now add the shredded carrots and let them sweat it out a bit.

3) Toss in sambhar powder and salt and let cook for few more minutes. Sprinkle some water and cook covered till the carrots soften.

4) Now sprinkle the vangi bhath masala powder or Viji's SIMP and give a quick stir to incorporate... and add in the cooled rice along with a tsp of ghee. Cook this till the carrot masala evenly distributes the rice and it absorbs the flavours (about 5 minutes or so).

5) Sprinkle the ground coconut-peanut powder & coriander leaves, mix, switch off the stove, Cover and let sit for a few minutes before serving.


  1. Very easy and tasty recipe Laav. Now if I could say the same thing about my 2 year old :-(
    I loved the idea of adding sabhar powder to this as the carrots tends to get very sweet when cooked. Bookamrking this!

  2. Adding sambar powder is totally different and new to me :) My son should love this mixed rice too ! Good and tasty one !

  3. That does look yummy, I'm going to bookmark and make this soon :)

  4. like the addition of vangi bhaat powder...i have one recipe in my blog too!!

  5. carrot rice looks yummy!
    nice twist,adding sambar powder.

  6. that would be great with some curd on the side..i am with kutti girl A on this one...

  7. Loved your carrot rice.I make with some home made masala powder.Would love try your version soon..

  8. looks delicious and healthy! Same with my daughter, she likes to have these rice dishes with curd on the side.. :)

  9. Nice one... Adding Sanbhar powder & SIMP new to me.. i just cook everything on stove top & in it goes to rice cooker to get cooked! Will try your version!

  10. I like it..and hope my daughte will eat it too cos I'm in search of ways to get some veggies into her :)

  11. I too make carrot rice in a different way. Liked the idea of adding SIMP/masala powder.

  12. Carrot rice looks awesome and splendid...Adding sambar powder is superb idea.Love the carrot flower ....

  13. what a coincidence! i made this last weekend too. will post next week :) only difference is, i didnt add channa dal

  14. Laavnya nice recipe liked the idea of adding saambhar powder to it.

  15. I dont add sambar powder...But must have been more flavorful...Yummy Lavanya

  16. A bit different from the one I made so time back...healthy mixed rice variety

  17. wow, carrot rice sounds like an interesting should be healthy too..even i am bad in taking veggies, this wud definitely be a great incentive!! :-)Thanks for sharing Laaavs!

  18. i love viji's SIMP powder and the recipe u posted here is perfect light meal for me. i usally add more carrots to very little rice and use different ingredients. will follow ur recipe next time. thanks lav:)

  19. Laavanya, my mouth is watering after looking at ur rice recipe. this is great. will try next time when I will rice.

  20. I could imagine its taste lavanya..
    Your MIL should be a great cook.

  21. WOW rice with sambar powder, great idea and look yummmm!!!

  22. Hi, this is a wonderful recipe! I have always grated carrots to go with semolina and vermicelli and noodles.. but never shred them for rice, also it is never the only veg.. will try this for sure:-) love the fact that you use sambar powder in this recipe..

  23. simple and delecious looking rice laavanya

  24. How lovely and delicious this looks, Laavanya. Healthy, too.

  25. I can't remember the last time I used the big carrots! I usually buy only the baby carrots to nibble on, and sometimes use that in upma,poha.sabudana khichdi etc. This si a nice one.:)
    Viji's SIMP- it's almost like a brand name now. :D I think I still have some left in my refrigerator from last time.

  26. good variety of rice dish out of carrot..looks yum and healthy too

  27. A mixture of peanut powder and coconut powder add such a nutty and great taste to dishes.

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  28. I would imagine it has a salad-y taste with the coconut and peanut toning down the heat of the spices.
    On another note, it looks like bhelpuri too!

  29. A very different version(Adding coconut,peanut n vangibaath powder) of Carrot Rice and it sounds to be a delicious dish too...One more recipe bookmarked from ur blog

  30. looks so colorful & so healthy :) the spices seem to come together very well.

  31. Colourful and I'm sure absolutely delicious.

  32. Thank you RC. My daughter is never consistent either.. some days she will and other days, the same food will not appeal to her - it's a challenge without doubt. Hope your son enjoys this.

    Cham, I like the flavour that sambar powder imparts.

    Meeso, Thank you!

    Thanks Sowmya, will check your version out.

    Thank you andhraflavors & Rajitha. Curd is always a good accompaniment :)

    Thank you maheshwari :)

    Sujatha, my daughter needs curd or rasam to eat most of the Indian stuff...

    Seema, oh I've not tried making it that way.. that sounds pretty easy too.

    Rachel, I add grated carrots to anything and everything I can, upmas, dosais, adais, pasta sauce and so on... Hope your daughter likes it.

    Jayasree, the masala powder is something i always have on hand so helps make these in a jiffy.

    Thank you DB

    Sireesha, really? I thought it was kind of crude but put it on top anyway :)

    Nags, i made this last weekend too :) waiting to see your version.

    Thank you smn, Kamala & EC for your sweet words.

    JZ, oh really? I try to add a lot of veggies in our daily meals. Try this out.. if you like carrots, you'll like this.

    Sia, her SIMP is very handy... I personally would like your version with more carrots but not sure about my daughter and husband.

    Thank you bhawana, notyet100, Lavi & Madhavi.

    Shreya, this is something I started making rather recently and liked it.. give it a try it might work out for you.

    Thank you Sagari & Vaishali.

    Really TBC? I always buy the big carrots but are the smaller ones easier to chop? I have Viji's SIMP in my fridge too.. pretty handy right? :)

    Thank you Suma & Kumudha.

    Sra, ha ha. it was quie spicy to be a salad but you are right about the coconut, peanut and ghee helping bring the spice level down :)

    Hey, thanks Ramya... hope you like it when you try it out...

    Thank you Richa & Cynthia.

  33. hi dear,...

    how r u back after abreak..corrot rice looks so colorful and healthy..must try

  34. Laavanya - loved this recipe! Vangibath pdr and sambar pdr are so versatile..they go into almost all my roasts and anything that needs to be spiced up a little:)

  35. looks soo colorful .. feel like tasting it right now .. will definitely give this a try

  36. Wow....the rice looks delicious!

  37. Dear Laavanya - this is my regular meal. I love the carrot with our spices. A quick Puliyodharai. Correct? Nice post. Happy to note that you all like the SIMP. Viji

  38. Carrot rice looks like carrot biryani to me!

  39. Thats a really delicious looking carrot rice. Adding sambhar powder is a really nice twist and lends a nice flavor to it.


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