Carrot Pulao

dsc03268tn.jpgI remember first time when I tried this dish, I don’t say that it was a flop, my husband’s comment was “this is more like carrot curry mixed with rice”. So this time, I browsed and got few tips from online and added my own touch and it was a hit. Flavoring plain rice gives a nice taste, on the same time it doesn’t over power the dish. Building flavors is the important fact in any dish. Like adding saffron gives a nice touch, taste and go well with carrots. Nutmeg is another spice blends with carrots.

Aromatic basmati rice cooked with carrots, onions and spices. Carrots add a mild sweetness to this pulao, which is lightly flavored with whole spices. Saffron enhances the flavor of the dish and adds a nice aroma.

Carrot is a good source of vitamin A and rich in dietary fiber, minerals and antioxidants.


1 Basmati rice
4 Cloves
2 Cardamom pod
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
2 tb Vegetable oil
1/2 ts Peppercorns
2 Bay leafs
1 large onion(thinly sliced)
2-3 Carrot( grated)
1/2 ts Cumin seeds
pinch of carwayseeds
Pinch of saffron(Toasted)
1 tsp broken Cashew nuts(fry cashew nuts in 1tsp ghee till golden brown)
salt to taste
Water to cook rice
1 tsp Coriander leaves to garnish



Heat 2 cups of water, add pinch of carwayseeds (Shajeera) , biryini mogga, 1 bay leaf, few peppercorns, salt and bring it to boil. Filter the broth and add this broth to rice and cook. Cool the rice.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bay leaf. cumin, cloves, cardamom pod, cinnamon and peppercorns. cook until the spices puff up and darken, then add the sliced onion and sauté until translucent . Add grated carrots and cook till done, keep stirring in the middle.Add salt, rice and mix well, but lightly, turn off the heat and toasted saffron, cashew nut and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with raita.


Notes and Tips

You can make entire dish on stove top, Soak rice in water for 1/2 hr and process is same till carrots are added, here drain the rice and mix will carrots and add flavored broth, salt and increase the heat ,bring the water to boil, reduce heat and put the lid and cook on low heat till done. Keep stirring in the middle. Don’t mix too many times.Turn off the heat and let the pan stand covered on the stove for 5 minutes. then uncover, fluff up the rice gently, add saffron, cashew nuts and coriander leaves and serve with your choice of side dish.



17 Responses to “Carrot Pulao”

  1. April 19, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Really a wonderful recipe.I love the color and nutmeg in there!!Very nice and I will try this.Thanks P!:)

  2. April 19, 2007 at 9:10 am

    looks like a very healthy and yummy pulao! will try it.
    thanks for the tip @ nutmeg & carrot.

  3. April 19, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Nice presentation and looks mouth watering. 🙂

  4. April 19, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I saw carrot rice in Maheshwari’s blog too I think. Its so nicely presented that I want to try it soon

  5. April 19, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    the carrot pulao looks delicious. love the color, perfect for springtime!

  6. April 19, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    looks real delicious pulav. love the color!

  7. April 20, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Asha & Richa, Nutmeg adds spice to dish. I love its taste. You can use ground spice powder instead of whole, but I like to use whole as it does not overpower the dish.

    Thanks Suma, Mandira & Roopa.

    Yes Sandeepa, I remember Mahi posting carrot rice recipe.

  8. April 20, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Padmaja, First time in your blog. You have a great blog with beautiful pictures and delicious recipes. Love all your andhra recipes. Will bookmark your blog for frequent visiting. 🙂 Thanks.

  9. April 22, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Hi padmaja
    Very good recipe.will surely try this.

  10. April 23, 2007 at 8:58 am

    ha ha… when i made fried rice for the 1st time my hubby said its like eating rice with tomato ketchup;)
    carrot rice looks quite colourful and tasty. i bet it must have tasted better than the carrot curry mixed with rice;)

  11. April 24, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Hey Pavani Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you enjoyed my virtual kitchen.

    Thanks Swapna, do lemme know when u try out:)

    Hehehe, Sia I guess my 1st attempt was better than ur’s;)

  12. April 24, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    I would love to try this! I think I have all the ingredients here too! I’ll let you know when I make it!

  13. April 25, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Hi Priya, Nice looking pulao. lot of Pulao varieties in a row!! Loved your pic.

  14. 14 Sobha
    October 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    instead of water, add coconut milk. That will act as a added flavour

  15. 15 bharat
    May 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    this dish sounds very intresting..i will try it today

  16. 16 dr.mythili navin
    September 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    will try this dish today, looks yummy and sounds healthy too….i am sure kids will love it…thankyou:)

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