Cook's Hideout: Carrot-Coconut Rice

December 03, 2012

Carrot-Coconut Rice

I can't believe it's December already and in few short days we will be in a brand new year. Today we begin 23rd edition of Blogging Marathon and my theme for this week is "Cooking with Carrots". 

I like carrots and I add them to rice dishes and mix them with other veggies to make curries, pasta sauces etc. But when I think about it, I don't usually make dishes only with carrots. So when I saw this theme, I thought of trying dishes that highlight and have carrots as the main ingredient.

For the first day, I made this carrot and coconut rice. Inspiration for this dish came from one of the cooking shows on Etv. 

Carrots - 2 medium, grated
Coconut - ½cup, grated
Rice - 3 cups, cooked
Green chilies - 4, slit
Ginger - 1" piece, finely grated
Salt - to taste
Cashews - few

For Masala Paste:
Sesame seeds - 3tbsp
Peanuts - 3tbsp, roasted
Coriander seeds - 2tbsp

For Tempering:
Chana dal - 1tsp
Urad dal - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chilies - 2
Curry leaves - 8

  • Make the masala paste: Grind the 3 ingredients under masala paste. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a large saute pan, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add cashews, green chilies and ginger. Cook until ginger starts to smell fragrant.
  • Next add the grated carrot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until carrots don't smell raw anymore. Add the coconut, salt and the ground masala paste. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Add cooked rice and mix well. Cook covered for 2 minutes for the flavors to mingle. Serve hot with potato chips.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked for the first day of BM# 23.


  1. lovely rich with carrot and coconut..

  2. what a colorful rice - looks so appetizing

  3. Recipe look so colorful and attractive... really tooo spicy coconut and carrot rice... its hot

  4. Beautifuly presented after Preetis carrot halwa ypour rice made me drool..

  5. Yummy Rice.. I love the flavor of carrot along with coconut in your recipe..

  6. Love your pictures!!! so delicious to serve it on the coconut shell itself.. so picture perfect!!!
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  7. Lovely presentation, never thought of combining both carrot and coconut together in rice,looks wonderful.

  8. That is a lovely colorful rice :)

  9. I make carrot rice for kid's lunch box once in a while. I add a handful of coriander leaves and a bit of paneer, if there is any. This version also looks nice :)

  10. Healthy and delicious rice recipe.. looks super colorful.. thanks for sharing !!
    Indian Cuisine

  11. Oh wow nice recipe....never tried carrot rice..bookmarked

  12. lovely combo of coconut and carrot shud try !

    Sizzling Tastebuds

  13. I make a different version of carrot rice. This version sounds yummy too. I will give it a try later.:)


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