Cook's Hideout: Yemen -- Carrot Rice

September 29, 2014

Yemen -- Carrot Rice

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days
Country: Y for Yemen
Dish: Yemeni Carrot Rice
Today we are going to Yemen, an Arab country in Southwest Asia. We are only a day way from our final destination tomorrow and I can't believe how fast the month passed.
The first dish I made for Yemen was a colossal failure -- the first and last failure in my entire A-Z International series. I was quite upset since I planned to make it at the very end and didn't have enough time to remake it. So I picked a very quick and simple (no-fail) recipe for Yemeni Carrot rice from the blog Queen of Sheba. This is an awesome Yemeni food blog that has a ton of authentic Yemeni recipes.
Yemeni Carrot Rice

The Carrot rice recipe I picked was, as I said, very simple to make and it is a one-pot dish that makes it even more perfect for a week night meal. I was worried with just 1 green chili and some pepper the rice would taste sweet, but the addition of whole spices made the dish have a nice spicy kick to it. Rice turned beautiful yellow after mixing it with carrots -- almost like turmeric was added to the dish.
Yemeni Carrot Rice
Recipe adapted from here:
Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Basmati Rice - 1 cup, soaked for at least 10 minutes
Carrot - 2 medium, grated
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Green Pepper - 1 small, chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
Green Chili - 1, slit
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon Stick - 1" piece
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan; add onions and green peppers, cook till the onions are trnaslucent and peppers are tender.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1~2 minutes.
  • Next add green chili, carrot, clove, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Mix well and cook for 8~10 or until the carrots are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the rice and 2 cups of water; bring the mixture to a boil. Then cover and cook till all water is absorbed and rice is cooked through. Serve hot!!


  1. It is similar to bagara, vegetable pulao but with grated carrot. It is amazing how the carrots gave that yellowish color to rice.

  2. Looks like we all landed to Queen of Sheeba's page, carrot rice looks fabulous and delicious one pot meal.

  3. Pavani the black pepper takes care of the flavor ..the rice looks delicious. .like the green peppers they give such a nice aroma to the dish.

  4. Lots of flavor and beautiful yellow color. Dish may be simple but looks lovely. As usual great pictures.

  5. they have so much of indian influence yet they are peculiar in their own way..beautiful bowl of rice

  6. Simple, flavorful rice. Sorry that your first dish failed. :(

  7. Simple and delicious. Sorry your first one failed.

  8. Colorful, flavorful & inviting rice dish..

  9. very aromatic carrot rice there , fabulous choice for Y :)

  10. spices must really add awesome flavor to this simple dish

  11. So flavorful and tempting carrot rice. Guess we all ended up to Sheeba's site for the recipes.


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