December 26, 2012

Laungwala Gajrela Chawal | Clove-infused Carrot Rice | Quick One Pot Meals

Yes, the title is rather long, but the method couldnt be quicker. For a quick one pot meal, this is a wonderful variant you can have for parties / potlucks too. The usual Carrot Rice is flavoured, rather steeped with the wonderful earthiness of clove, one of my favourite spices. The whole house came alive when I made this, and  my picky daughter who doesnt take to new dishes that easily asked for a second helping. That's half the battle won, isnt it :-) You can make this with ginger and garlic paste too, but I totally skipped it. However, adjust spice to taste as the clove tends to be overpowered with other spices if used. 

Finish with ghee (clarified butter), and serve it with any Raitha and you have a rich Nawabi meal by itself that's both flavoursome and filling :) The addition of clove is totally your choice, for you can make Carrot Rice without it too, but trust me the winters are quite inviting to use up this spice, and the sweetness  of Gajar (sweetish carrots, a winter special) was offset with this combo. Let's get cracking then, shall we?

Prep time : 20 time | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Spice level : Medium
Difficulty level : Medium
Serving Suggestions Raitha & Papad

Long Grained Rice - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium - slit lengthwise
Carrots - juilenned - 1 medium
Green peas (shelled) - 2 handfuls
French Beans - cut into 1 inch long pieces - 1/2 cup
Cloves (whole)- 2 nos, tied in a small muslin cloth
Salt - to taste
Oil - 3 TBSP
Shahjeera - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Dry Masala Powders (each 1/2 TBSP) : Red Chilli Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Pav Bhaji Masala Powder
Spice Powder : Clove (4 - 6 nos), Elaichi / Green Cardamom - 1, Cinnamon - 1 inch long
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Garnish : Fried Cashews, Coriander and mint (I didnt use Mint) & Ghee

Wash and soak rice for 10 mins. Drain and cook with 1.5 cups water and the whole cloves tied in a muslin cloth till done. Once done, remove the muslin cloth pouch and fluff the grains till separate in a large wide plate. Cool.
Dry roast the ingredients and cool. Powder finely. Keep aside
In a pan, heat oil. Splutter Shahjeera, add onions and fry till translucent. Now add the peas, beans and juilenned carrots, salt and saute. Sprinkle little water and cook till the veggies are done, but are mushy.(alternatively, you can blanch these veggies separately with a little salt and drain and keep ready)
Now add the ground spice powder, turmeric and all the dry masala powders. Mix till the spice powders coat the veggies well. 
Check for salt and spice, and add the rice and mix gently, taking care not to break the grains. 
Switch off flame, add lemon juice and garnish with coriander, mint leaves and fried cashewnuts :)
Fit for a royal feast, served with Raitha and papad :)


  1. flavorful rice.. gorgeous color..

  2. Colorful rice...

  3. Very interesting and aromatic,healthy rice.

  4. still waiting for the perfect carrots to hit the market, ur gajrela rice is nice and simple recipe...wud love to try

  5. Rice looks very tempting. I am not a huge fan of cloves, I find the smell very over powering...

  6. I love the carrots which you get in this season.. a perfect way yo make the most of it in a savory dish. We make loads of gajar halwa, but when I crave somehting spicy, this dish would be perfect!


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