Friday, November 18, 2011

Carrot Poriyal

Carrots are at their best when you just crunch into them. As raw as they are. Why not. After all, its healthiness and packing aplenty major values? Wouldn't you agree? Sincerely. Then again, it can't be rawness daily. Carrots, believe me, are deliciousness when converted to an Indian style stir fried dish (Aloo Gobi, Brinjal Stir Fried & Beans Thoran). Take this Indian Carrot Poriyal as an example. A lovely side for teaming alongside other sides (Dum Aloo, Red Cabbage Thoran & Potato Balls). Of course, some gravies thrown in as well (Indian Vegetable Curry, Egg Rasam & Sodhi) and how about specifically made rice dishes instead of plain, boring white rice (Lemon Cashew Rice & Ghee Rice)? So, ladies and gentlemen, here is my version of Carrot Poriyal. Carrot stir fried alongside spices, fresh coconut and curry leaves. Tempting right? I know. 

2 carrots (about 250g) - remove skin and diced
1/2 cup grated coconut 
1 tsp ural (white) dhal - rinsed 
4 shallots - sliced thinly
1 green chilli - sliced into medium size pieces (omit for a kids version)
1 red chilli - sliced into medium size pieces (omit for a kids version)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
3 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste 
4 tbsp water

When oil is heated, add dhal, shallots, chillies, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
Fry until the seeds pop out. 
Add carrots, turmeric powder, curry leaves and season with salt. 
Pour in water (if needed), stir and cook until carrot is tender, stirring in between. 
Add grated coconut and stir fry over high heat for about a minute or two.
Dish out.


  1. This looks very intriguing - I love coconut, and have never paired it with carrot, but can imagine the flavor combination to work very well, with very different types of sweetness playing off each other. I'll definitely have to try this one, if only to see if I'm imagining this right :)

  2. first time see this recipe. Should be good.

  3. Hi Nava, this looks good and appetizing. I like all the spices that you use in this recipe. yum yum

  4. Fabulous curry! I love carrots as well, and anything with fresh curry leaves. Yum.

  5. This really is a unique recipe, creative idea of bringing together carrots and coconut. Also makes good use of whats in the spice cabinet. Definitely worth a try-yum!

  6. The carrot stir fry luks so beautiful...

  7. we enjoy carrots like this looks wonderful

  8. hello ms.Nava..a healthy side dish for me..I have always loved vegetables..carrots are one of them..passing by ;)

  9. Oh, Nava! This looks absolutely AMAZING! I love carrots and curry & coconut with it sound incredible! Stunning....thank you!

  10. What a delightful dish, Nava! Carrots are a good source of vit C & this is a colourful dish to display too :)

  11. I've only tried using grated coconut in desserts but never like this! This sounds so interesting to me and I love the looks of it!

  12. Coconut and carrot - interesting combo! looks yummy as always :)

  13. Hey Nava~ I featured this blog in one of my post~ :D I think you have been wondering about this girl and her stalking attitude upon the food posts you have here~ hahaha!! I love the food posts!!! Because it never fails to get me into my monster appetite. Just to let you know though~

    BTW, gosh.. this carrots looks awesome~!!

  14. Thank you all you great people and your time in giving all the wonderful comments.

  15. I'm tempted with the food pictures u have here!! i bet it's definitely delicious!! drooling..

  16. This is new way of preparing carrots for me, this looks so good!

  17. Yummy! My favourite side dish.

  18. Absolutely yummy, i recently had a similar sabzi with beetroot and green peas. I would surely try the one with carrots :)


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