Carrot Rice - tasty and flavourful rice made with carrot, nuts and few spices. This gluten-free carrot rice recipe is very easy to make with leftover cooked rice.
Kids could make with little assistance from adults and it gets ready in under 30 minutes. This delicious carrot rice gets beautiful colour from carrot and it's a great way to make kids eat healthy meals. Simple rice with carrots makes an ideal option for a lunchbox or midweek dinner.
The mild earthy flavour of cumin, nutty aroma from peanuts and sesame seeds, and a touch of sweetness from carrots are sure to entice the kids and I bet even the picky kids would finish off their food without any fuss.
Looking for recipes to use up leftover rice? Then you have got to try this rice recipe. Check out other flavoured rice recipes on the blog using leftover rice - lemon rice, corn fried rice, coconut rice and jeera rice.
Variations and Substitutions
This is carrot rice without onion and garlic. I've used minimal ingredients to keep it simple. Feel free to stir in onion, and garlic.
For the vegan version, substitute butter with oil.
Cashews add a nice crunch to the rice. Fry a handful of broken cashews in butter along with cumin.
Mix in half a teaspoon of soy sauce and a handful of chopped spring onions just before you toss rice to mimic the fried rice flavours. Serve this carrot fried rice with honey garlic cauliflower or gobi manchurian.
A dash of lime juice enhances the flavour and adds a little zing.
Half a teaspoon of garam masala adds a lovely flavour.
You could use grated carrots instead of chopped.
Add more vegetables to make it a nutrient-dense dish. Switch the flavours by adding green peas, spinach, green beans or corn. For instance, try rice with peas and carrots, the bright colours of vegetables makes this dish even more eye appealing for kids.
his simple rice with carrots paired with sides such as jeera aloo, chickpea veggie patties and glass of fresh fruit juice or mango lassi makes a good meal. Ensure to cook jeera aloo mild for young kids
Nuts & Seeds: peanuts and white sesame seeds are used to infuse lovely nutty flavour. We have used peanuts with the skin on but feel free to use blanched peanuts.
Vegetables: Only carrot and coriander are used to keep the recipe simple.
Spices & Seasoning: Cumin and chana dal impart fabulous earthy and nutty flavours and aromas. Green chilies to give a touch of spiciness. You can either substitute it with crushed black pepper or use deseeded green chilli to reduce the spice levels.
Butter: Unsalted butter has been used here.
Rice: I have used cooked basmati rice but you could use any variety of rice such as parboiled rice, sona masoori, ponni, long grain and jasmine.
How to make carrot rice?
1. Dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds until aromatic in a pan over medium low heat. Let them cool down completely.
2. Grind them to a coarse powder in a spice blender or a small mixer jar.
3 & 4. Saute cumin, chana dal and green chilli in butter for few seconds.
5. Cook carrots for 10 minutes until tender.
6. Add cooked rice, coriander, peanut-sesame powder and mix until well combined.
Serve super tasty carrot rice as is or with any simple side dish.
Adjust spices and seasoning to suit your child's taste.
You may swap in ground black pepper or red chili powder for green chillies.
Add just half of the peanut-sesame powder if your child doesn't like too much nutty flavour. Store the remaining powder in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can use this powder in stir-fries and curries such as capsicum masala, kohlrabi curry, drumstick leaves curry.
You can use either grated or chopped carrots but ensure they are chopped finely to fasten the cooking process.
More easy Recipe Ideas to cook with Kids
Date Snickers: Decadent bite-size sweet treat made with just 4 ingredients. A spin on the popular snicker bars but healthier and individual-size treats.
Mango Cherry Popsicles: Refined sugar free kid-friendly summer treat made with just 3 ingredients. Ideal as an after-school snack or an indulgence to relish anytime on a hot sunny day.
Flatbread Pizza: quick and easy vegetable pizza that gets ready in under 15 minutes and makes a fuss-free weekday dinner or weekend supper.
Bread Pizza: A quick kid-friendly snack that is sure to entice even the pickiest eaters.
Pasta with Carrot Sauce: A mildly sweet and flavourful dish that makes a great meal for kids.
More rice recipes
Bisi Bele Bath: delicious one pot meal made of rice, lentils, vegetables and a special spice blend.
Ven Pongal: A classic south Indian special dish prepared with rice, moong dal, a few essential spices and ghee
Peas Pulao: A delicious and aromatic one-pot rice dish flavoured with peas and spices.
Methi Pulao: A healthy, tasty and nutritious one-pot rice dish made with fenugreek leaves and a few basic spices.
📖 Recipe Card
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- Check the notes at the bottom of the recipe for extra info and help.
- Toast peanuts in a small pan over medium-low heat for 5-8 minutes or until they release nutty aroma and turn dark colour. Keep stirring regularly.3 Tablespoon (or) 38 gms Peanuts
- Now add sesame seeds and toast for a minute and turn off the heat.½ Tablespoon Sesame seeds
- Allow it to cool down completely.
- Transfer them to a spice blender and pulse 2-3 times or until you get coarse powder. Keep it aside.
- Add butter to a skillet or pan. Let it melt over medium-low heat.1.5 tablespoon Butter
- Now add cumin and saute for few seconds until it splutters.½ Teaspoon Cumin
- Add chana dal and saute for a minute until it release nutty aroma and starts to turn golden.1 Teaspoon Chana Dal (split bengal gram)
- Stir in green chillies and saute for few seconds.1 Green Chilli
- Now add carrots, salt and mix well. Increase the heat slightly and cook for 8-10 minutes or until carrots start to soften, sauteeing frequently.¾ cup (or) 108 gms Carrot, Salt
- Add cooked rice, coriander, peanut-sesame seeds powder and toss until rice is well combined with carrots and spices.2 cups (or) 357 gms Cooked rice, handful Coriander
- Serve delicious and flavourful carrot rice as is or with any side dish.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Do let me know if you make this simple carrot rice. If you like this recipe kindly consider rating it using stars in the comment section or on the recipe card to help more people find this recipe online. You can stay up to date by following me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or subscribing to my Youtube channel. Or why not subscribe to my blog and get simple recipes straight to your inbox?