Carrot Rice (Gajar Ka Pulao)

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Carrot Rice (Gajar Ka Pulao)

As a general rule, I like to include vegetables with my dinners. This carrot rice dish is an easy way to incorporate the goodness of carrots without having to make a vegetable side dish in addition to the starch. The carrots add a bit of earthy sweetness to this gently flavored and wonderfully fragrant rice. I served it with chickpea vindaloo.

Carrot Rice (Gajar Ka Pulao)Carrot Rice (Gajar Ka Pulao)
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on January 13, 2008

A simple, colorful and wonderfully fragrant carrot rice pilaf with gentle Indian spicings

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes

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  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin half rounds
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, butter or sesame oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • 1/2-inch stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 cups fresh grated carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Thoroughly wash the rice in a strainer and soak for 20 to 30 minutes in a small bowl in 1 2/3 cups of water.

  • Heat the ghee, butter or oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. When hot, add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom pod, cinnamon stick and peppercorns. Stir for a few seconds, then add the onion and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned.

  • Add the carrot and sauté for another 5 minutes. Now pour in the rice with its soaking liquid, and add the salt. Stir gently, then bring to a boil, immediately reduce the heat to low, and cover. Cook undisturbed for 20 to 25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

  • Remove from heat and let the rice stand for 5 minutes. Remove the cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon stick, and fluff. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings


Dori said...

Hey, I just found your blog and I'm loving it! You have so much great veggie food here...although I'm not a vegetarian, I don't mind eating like one for days and days at a time :) I'm gonna have a peek around and see all the goodies you have!

Lisa Turner said...

Thanks for dropping by Meeso. I hope you find some recipes that you would like to try.