Cook's Hideout: Gajar ki Launji (Sweet & Sour Carrot Curry)

January 25, 2012

Gajar ki Launji (Sweet & Sour Carrot Curry)

As I was thinking of Rajasthani recipes to make for the marathon, the first place I looked was Priya’s blog. Being from Rajasthan, Priya has some very authentic and rustic dishes that I’m sure are not featured on any restaurant menus. As I was browsing through her very long list of Rajasthani dishes, I saw the recipe for gajar ki launji.

Since I didn’t have enough carrots to make the dish, I added the green pepper and the resultant curry was sweet, spicy and delicious. This dish takes about 15-20 minutes to put together and the major part of that time would probably be spent chopping the veggies. I used panch phoron since I didn’t have fennel & nigella seeds in my pantry. This is a simple to make, yet very delicious Rajastani curry that goes well with rice and rotis.

Carrots – 2 medium, diced into ½“pieces 
Green Pepper – 1 small, chopped 
Panchphoron – ½tsp 
Sugar – 1tbsp 
Red chili powder – 1tsp 
Ground Coriander – ½tsp 
Amchoor powder (dry mango powder) – 1tsp
Turmeric – ½tsp 
Garam Masala – ½ tsp 
Salt – to taste 

  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a sauté pan; add panchphoron and once the seeds start to splutter, add the veggies and cook for 2 minutes on medium-high heat. 
  • Reduce the heat and add all the dry masalas, salt and sugar along with ½ cup of water. Cover the pan and cook until the veggies are tender and cooked through. 
Priya says that there should not be any gravy in the curry, the masalas should nicely coat the veggies and give it a moist consistency but not make it wet and saucy. This is a delicious dish that has all the tastes – sweet, spicy, tangy and kind of umami taste from the tempering.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 3 of BM# 12.


  1. I remember seeing this on Priya's blog. Simple and of course yummy since I love carrots. :)

  2. Excellent Pictures!! I bet Panch Phoran definitely added a Punch :)

  3. Very lovely bowl!..looks so colourful!

  4. I like these slightly sweetish dry curry...I like to eat them just like that! looks good!

  5. Lovely curry. We can have like a salad.

  6. Interesting curry. Havent used panchphoron in my cooking..

  7. simply have a lovely colorful bowl of these yummy carrots!! need of rotis...super!

  8. Super flavourful and yummy curry..loving that bowl.

  9. Sweet and sour curry is my fav..looks tempting

  10. Curry looks colorful and delish..

  11. very refreshing curry with usual veggies. gonna try this soon.

  12. yummy and nice to have at times. bookmarked.

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  13. Delicious recipe nice flavor s of panchphoron.

  14. nice space u have.......yummm n tasty carrot dish.......

  15. looks wonderful nice to meet you following your tweets :)

  16. Carrot curry sound so yum! I'm sure it tastes great with rotisserie.

    Thank you so much for sharing so many plant-based recipes!


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