Savoury Carrot Rice

Savoury Carrot Rice

Salwaa’s Cape Malay Cooking

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Savoury Carrot Rice

Here is a lovely savoury alternative to plain or yellow rice. Serve this aromatic carrot rice with roast chicken or meat, it doesn’t only taste divine, it’s quick and easy to make. You may even use leftover plain rice to give it a new lease of life! Any type of rice is suitable for this dish.


2 cups rice

50g butter

1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp black mustard seeds

5 cardamoms

1 large stick cinnamon

4 cloves

1 garlic clove, peeled and grated

1 – 2 green chillies, chopped

5 curry leaves

2 bay leaves

1 cup grated carrots 


Cook the rice as you normally would for plain rice. Keep the rice warm.

Heat a large saucepan over high heat.

Add the butter and wait until its melted.

Add the mustard seeds, cardamoms, stick cinnamon and cloves. 

Stir fry for 30 seconds. 

Turn the heat to medium, add onions and sauté the onions until light golden in colour. 

Stir in the grated garlic. Then add the chopped chillies, curry, bay leaves as well as the carrots. 

Pour in a ¼ cup of water and cook for 5 minutes over low to medium heat. 

Add the warm spices to the cooked rice, stir thoroughly using a large fork. Make sure the rice and the spices are completely mixed before serving. 

And there you have your delicious savoury carrot rice.

Serve with your Sunday roast or as a side dish when braaing / BBQ

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About Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Posted on 15/05/2023, in Rice, Savoury Carrot Rice and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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