Spicy Carrot Rice

This dish reminds me of my aunt Leela. This was one of her signature dishes. Whenever we visited our maternal grandparents (Ajja and Dodamma) for summer holidays our cousins from other states (in India) also visited. It was a fun time with cousins meeting and enjoying our vacations. Truly well spent summers !

My mom and my aunts got together and made meals for all of us. Leela aunty made carrot rice which I remember very vividly. Although it was spicy for my taste buds I still enjoyed it. 

Speaking of carrots we all know it has Vitamin A, beta carotene and is good for your vision. I personally do not like carrots cooked, but this is an exception. The carrots in this preparation are sauteed well and hence taste almost roasted. I like raw carrots and like munching on them as a salad. 

If you have leftover cooked rice this is the perfect dish to make. You can make it mild as well depending on your preference.


4 servings

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20-25 minutes

Total Time

About 30 minutes


  • 4 cups cooked rice, cooled completely
  • 4 carrots, shredded
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 “ piece cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 8-10 cashew nuts
  • ¼ tsp asafetida
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped


Step 1
Heat oil in a pan add cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, mustard and cashew nuts. When mustard splutters add asafetida, curry leaves and onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

Step 2
Add shredded carrots and saute for 5 minutes. Now add tomatoes. Add red chili powder, salt and garam masala. Saute until the vegetables are mushy and glossy for about 15 minutes.

Step 3
Add the rice and toss well. Cook covered for 2-3 minutes and mix again. Add cilantro and serve hot with raita.


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