Carrot rice two ways

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Carrot rice is basically just rice cooked with carrots and some flavorings. It makes the rice colorful, as well as sneaking in some more vegetable content into your meal, bento or not. (It should work on kids too.) It does not taste ‘carrot-y’ at all, just slightly sweet.

I’ve been experimenting with different ways of making carrot rice, and these are the two methods that produce the best flavored rice so far with the least effort. One or the other may fit your routine better, so they are both here.

Carrot rice recipe 1: In the rice cooker

This produces a slightly paler (rosey) colored rice compared to the other method. It’s the one in the left half of the photo.

To make 2 rice cooker cup’s worth, which is about 4 cooked cups:

  • 2 rice cooker cups of uncooked rice
  • 1 cup of fresh carrot juice (made with a juicer, or use bottled carrot juice)
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 tsp. oil or (if you’re not vegan) butter
  • 1/2 tsp. dry thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Pepper

Chop up the onion finely. Sauté it in the oil or butter until limp.

Wash the rice as usual. Add the carrot juice to the rice cooker with the washed rice, and top up with water to the 2 cups mark. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook the rice using normal settings.

This is good if you want to eat carrot rice for dinner and have extra for your bento the next day, or to freeze a batch.

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Carrot rice in the microwave

This method is very easy, and great when you have frozen or leftover rice that you want to jazz up. It makes a speckled orange-and-yellow rice. It’s the one on the right half of the photo above. This makes 2 cups worth of rice.

  • 2 cups cooked rice (if using frozen, defrost it first)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 tsp. olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 medium carrot
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • A dash of thyme or any dried or fresh herb you like (optional)

Grate the carrot finely. (To get half a carrot grated, take a whole carrot and grate down to about half. Use the rest for another dish). Grate the onion to produce about 1 Tbs. of pulp and juice. A microplane grater is the ideal implement for both grating tasks. (See Essential equipment).

Mix these together with the oil or butter, salt and herbs.

Spread the rice on a microwave safe plate. Spread the carrot mixture on top. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (depending on your wattage). The carrot should become completely soft. Mix well into the rice. (To deepen the color you can drizzle on a tiny bit of soy sauce.)

I prefer the second method, since I can use any plain rice I have on hand including the frozen stash I usually have. Plus cooking times are the same for brown or white rice, since the rice itself is cooked already. Either one is good if you want to bring a little cheery color to your bento. Carrot rice makes nice pre-flavored onigiri.

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Sounds yummy! I’ll

Sounds yummy! I’ll definitely try the second method after I go grocery shopping this weekend.

Yeah, I’ll try too. Maybe

Yeah, I’ll try too. Maybe I’ll have a go with green veggies to try to have a rice with green stains…It could be cute and yummy.

rice cooker

I usually try a third method: put rice with vegetables cut in tiny pieces in the rice cooker!

lotus root

Maki, I remember you cooked lotus root once. I tried to eat some lotus root today but definitely don’t have the good recipe. Would you send a lotus root recipe? Thank you anyway for your remarquable blog!

fossettes I’ll remember to

fossettes I’ll remember to make some lotus root things and post them up here next time I get some fresh ones. It might be interesting for a lot of people I think since lotus root is a fairly good source of protein and is full of fiber. Underrated in the west for sure.

Awesome!

Maki, your blogs keep getting better and better. This carrot rice is a fantastic idea! I’m a vegetarian (not all the way vegan yet, though I do a fairly good job), and I keep waiting for you to make fun and call us stupid, but you never do. You always make such a kind effort to include something for everyone, no matter what. Thank you so much for the work you do!! These two sister sites are my favorite blogs, by far.

Laurie I love making

Laurie I love making vegetarian and vegan meals - they are a bit more of a challenge than meals that have meat or fish etc., which rather increases the fun factor.

I’m glad you like the sites :)

Thanks for the great recipe.

Thanks for the great recipe. I tried the microwave recipe, and it turned out well.

Also, I experimented, and substituted beets for carrot. I made PINK rice!

The colored rice works well with rice molds. So pretty and yummy!

Re: Thanks for the great recipe.

thanks so much for the for your style of cooking and i wish to lean more cooking from you i can i do it ?can you pls help me out?i will really appreciate you if you can help me or if you can reply me immidiately

i tried the microwave option

i tried the microwave option and it turned out so yummy! the bright colour is really appetizing and i’m ALWAYS looking for ways to sneak in vegetables in my meals. i’ve just started cooking since living on my own this year and always turn to justbento.com and justhungry.com for ideas. you’re amazing! you should have your own show, books and line of cookware!

wow…thanks c :) (feel like

wow…thanks c :) (feel like blushing now)

Re: i tried the microwave option

c. wrote:

i tried the microwave option and it turned out so yummy! the bright colour is really appetizing and i'm ALWAYS looking for ways to sneak in vegetables in my meals. i've just started cooking since living on my own this year and always turn to justbento.com and justhungry.com for ideas. you're amazing! you should have your own show, books and line of cookware!

That would be awesome! The Maki cooking show would be my favorite TV show ever! Maki, I don't know how you'd actually go about doing that, but I think you'd have a lot of guaranteed watchers ready for you if you wanted to give it a shot!

Re: i tried the microwave option

I have no plans or ambitions at all to go on TV...I'm way too camera shy ^_^; But thanks for the compliments!

Carrot Rice - not enough liquid

I made the original recipe in my rice cooker and it did not turn out. Is the recipe correct in calling for 2 rice cooker cups of uncooked rice and only 1 cup of fresh carrot juice. There just wasn’t enough liquid to cook the rice properly.

top up with water

I did write in the recipe “Add the carrot juice to the rice cooker with the washed rice, and top up with water to the 2 cups mark. ” ….

carrot rice

Oh yes, I see that now. I’ll definitely try this recipe again! It sounds yummy. Thanks.

the light dawns

Microplaner!! Of course! Is that what you use to grate carrots for the furikake also?

For the furikake I

For the furikake I ‘cheat’ and use the fine grater on my food processor, but the microplane would work great too!

Yum!

Hi Maki,

I just made the carrot rice last night (rice cooker version) and it was great. I served the rice with some scallops that I seared with some “piments d’espelette”. Since there was no sauce, I didn’t want the rice to be too bland, so upped the salt content on the rice a bit. It looked gorgeous on the green plates I used. Made me think of saffron rice, but not costly at all.

mmm scallops…sounds

mmm scallops…sounds delicious!

would there be a way to do

would there be a way to do this without plastic wrap? i usually try to stay away from plastic wrap, and am a little wary of microwaving it. could i put another larger bowl on top to achieve the same effect?

Whatever you can use to keep

Whatever you can use to keep the moisture in while cooking should work.

Re: Carrot rice two ways

I myself hate carrots but I try to find ways to slip them into my food for my own good. This looks like something I should definitely try! Thank you for sharing!

Re: Carrot rice two ways

That looks really good, thanks for sharing!

Re: Carrot rice two ways

What a WONDERFUL idea! I personally love carrots in any shape or form, but I can't get my 5 year old son to eat even a slice of one without all sorts of coaxing and bribing. Besides, I'm always looking for another excuse to break out my microplane grater :) Thanks for this recipe idea!

Re: Carrot rice two ways

Beautiful recipe and my 9-year-old kept begging me for more long after he managed to finish off the leftovers, too! I made a number of adjustments to your microwave version since I was using leftovers. I've written it up on my blog in English, too, if you'd like to see how far off of your recipe it ended up being :D

-enk

Re: Carrot rice two ways

Can I store the carrot mixture so that anytime i want to make this i don't have to grate the carrots and onions, making the process more "instant" for bento?

Re: Carrot rice two ways

I have frozen the cooked-in-carrot version and it was fine. I have not tried freezing the grated carrot etc...but I dont see why it wouldn't work. Give it a try!

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Had this for lunch today, I thought it needed some soy sauce, but I didn't have any :( it was still tasty though. :)
I cooked it without any lid on it in the microwave, it was very steamy, and I think it might have been more carroty with the lid, but it turned out okay.

Re: Carrot rice two ways

I have a rather silly question...

So I was planning to make this tomorrow, and bought carrot juice, onion etc, when I was wondering if the juice i bought, which is the sweetened version, will work for this?
I don't have microwave or juicer or food processor, by the way, which is why I wanted to try the first option...

Appreciate your advise on this

Re: Carrot rice two ways

I wonder if you could substitute V8 or spicy V8 juice for the carrot juice and still keep a good texture for onigiri.

Re: Carrot rice two ways

Could you cook the carrot in with the rice using the first method? I'd rather steam my rice with shredded carrot instead of adding the carrot juice I assume you'd just add the regular amount of water to the rice?

Re: Carrot rice two ways

I just tried cooking shredded carrot (coz I don't have carrot juice) with brown rice using a rice cooker. very yumy! I love your recipe, very simple, yet delicious. thanks!

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