Recipes: Carrot Rice

When you are tired of making the same old food every day and you wish to try something new, this recipe is something you can make. This is exactly what happened the day I made Carrot Rice. We were bored of the same food day in and day out and so I decided to make this dish my mum used to make when we were in school.

This is a very easy dish to make and makes a great addition to your lunchbox or even to your little one’s school lunchbox. It’s very easy to make and hardly takes anytime in the morning when you are rushing to get everyone out of the house on time!

Carrot Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup rice, cooked and cooled completely
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • a handful of chopped cashew nuts
  • a handful of raisins
  •  1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • coriander leaves to garnish
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or oil

Method:

  • When the rice is cooked, fluff it a bit and then let it cool completely.
  • In a pan, heat the ghee or oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds pop, add the asafoetida and the chopped chillies and let them cook for a while till the chilli becomes crisp.
  • Add the chopped cashew nuts and let them brown.
  • Next, add the raisins and let them plump out.
  • Now add the carrots and salt and cook for a couple of minutes. You don’t want the carrot to cook too much, but retain some crispness.
  • Switch off the gas and add the lemon juice according to taste.
  • Stir well and then add the rice and mix well so that the carrots are completely mixed into the rice.
  • Check for seasoning and then garnish with coriander leaves and serve with a raita, yoghurt or even some chips or crisps.

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Recipes: Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Carrot Sweet Corn Soup 2

Last week faced with an almost bare fridge and a family who didn’t want the usual lunch options, I was confused about making lunch. Then I remembered some organic fusilli that S had bought some time back and decided to make a simple Pasta salad. To go with that, I decided to put together the last bits of carrots and sweet potatoes I had and made a soup. The soup was a resounding success. BB loved it so much that he didn’t want dinner, but just had the soup again (this is notable because he does not like carrots nor sweet potatoes!)

Carrot Sweet Corn Soup 1

Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5-6 pods of garlic
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 4-5 fresh red chilli, chopped
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water or stock as required
  • Ground pepper (optional)

Method:

  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil and when warm, add the garlic and fry till slightly golden brown. Then add the ginger and red chilli and fry for a few minutes.
  • Add the onions and fry for a while, letting it become translucent.
  • Now add the dry spices – salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and fry for a few minutes.
  • Then add the chopped carrots and sweet potatoes and saute till they are completely cooked. If needed, add water as required.
  • Cool completely and blend to fine paste either using an immersion blender or a conventional blender. Pour back into the pan and bring it to a boil.
  • Serve hot with croutons and some freshly ground pepper.

Carrot Sweet Corn Soup 3

 

Recipe: Carrot and Peanut Chutney

My Chutney series continues….

Carrot Chutney 1Last week, while making dosa, a rice-based pancake, we wanted to have a chutney, but were tired of having the usual coconut and tomato chutneys which I usually make. So I decided to experiment and see if I could tweak something we usually make and come up with something else. I decided to tweak my carrot thuvaiyal recipe. It was a hit, with the sweetness of the carrots balanced with the spiciness of the chillies and the tartness of the tamarind.

Carrot and Peanut Chutney

Carrot Chutney 2Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup peanuts (soak them in hot water for 20 mins so they soften. Then drain and keep aside)
  • 5-6 fresh red chillies (you can use dried red chillies as well as change the amount depending on the intensity of the chillies and your tolerance levels)
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped
  • 5-6 pods of garlic
  • ½ inch piece of ginger
  • 1 small marble-sized ball of tamarind (or 1 tsp of tamarind paste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • Method:
    Heat oil in a pan and when warm, put the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds one by one, stirring it for a couple of seconds each before the next one is put in the pan.
  • Fry the garlic and ginger for a few seconds each and then add the onions and let it soften and brown
  • Add the chillies and fry till it starts to soften and wilt. Then add the drained peanuts and fry for a minute.
  • Add the carrots, stir well and add a pinch of salt to help cook faster. Cover and cook until the carrots are well-cooked.
  • Once the carrots are completely cooked, remove the pan from the fire and let it cool completely.
  • Blend this mixture in a blender or mixture until it becomes the consistency you like. I prefer chutneys to be very fine, but others like a more coarser texture, it’s completely your preference.
  • Check for salt and add if needed. Transfer to a bowl and use for idlis, dosas, rotis and even bread!

Carrot Chutney 3

 

Carrot Chutney/Thuvaiyal

My definition of a Thuvaiyal is a chutney to which coconut has been added. A chutney is a mixture of vegetables and spices. A thuvaiyal, on the other hand, has in addition to the chutney ingredients, coconut to give it some body.

I had some carrots which were slightly bitter to taste. I didn’t know what to do with them, then remembered this thuvaiyal that my mom used to make. This thuvaiyal  can be eaten with idli/dosa/bread or even mixed with rice. My mom used to make thuvaiyals to be eaten with rice when she didn’t want to cook much that day.

Carrot Thuvaiyal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • a small lime-sized ball of tamarind
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
Method:
Heat oil in a pan and put in the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the urad dal, asafoetida and red chillies. Stir for a few seconds and then add the carrots and tamarind. Fry for a while till the carrots a bit soft and the raw smell goes away. You do not need to cook the carrots, but they do need to lose the raw hardness. When the carrots soften, remove from the fire and let it cool.
When the carrots mixture are cool, blend it in a mixer with coconut adding water if needed. Since my carrots were a bit bitter, I added some jaggary to this, but if you have sweet carrots, you can omit this. Once the carrot-coconut mixture is finely ground, add salt to taste and transfer to a serving bowl. This can be eaten mixed with rice when you don’t want to cook or eaten with idli, dosa or even with bread. This keeps for upto a week in the fridge.