Thursday, September 30, 2010

Grated Carrot Stir Fry - Carrot Poriyal

A standard lunch meal back home would include sambhar(or a dal based dish), poriyal (stir fry), rasam and curd (yogurt). With time a premium and the necessity to control carbon carb only one and occasionally two items of the list make it to the dining table. Curd of course is a necessity. Among the few vegetables that are readily available here that lend themselves beautifully in a stir fry carrots are right up there.

When using carrots, if they are chopped or grated seem to affect the taste. While I am not too fond of chopped carrots in a stir fry grated carrots are a different story altogether. Weird? I agree but that is just the way it is. Along with some arism paruppu saatham or khichidi the carrot stir fry gives a mellow completeness to a meal.

Grated Carrot Stir Fry
1. 6 Carrots (about 2 cups grated carrot)
2. 1/4 cup chopped onions
3. 5 slit green chilies
4. 1/2 tbsp of lime juice
5. 1 tbsp grated fresh or frozen coconut
6. seasonings: curry leaves, mustard, cumin and split urad dal
7. salt + 1 tsp oil
8. peanuts crushed (optional)

1. In a wide mouthed pan heat the oil and add the seasonings, first the urad dal and when it starts to brown add the cumin and mustard seeds and when they start to pop add the curry leaves
2. Add the onion and green chilies and let it saute till they are translucent
3.Add the grated carrot and let it cook for 5-6 minutes (depends on how cooked you want the carrots to be)
4. Add the lime juice and salt and let cook for another 2 minutes
5. Add the coconut when you are just about to switch of the heat
6. Sprinkle the crushed peanuts if using

Serve as a side or as a salad.


  1. Loved the making of this carrot poriyal! Really tempting...;)

  2. I have not had this for ages.

  3. What a coincidence - today I ate a grated carrot and cabbage stir fry which had some dal in it for body! I'd never seen grated carrot in stir fries before.

  4. carrot stir fry looks gr8 the idea of making stir fry like this


  5. I don't like chopped carrots but looooove grated carrots! :) so there you go.. there's another one like you! I make a similar poriyal with beetroot as well.

    One of my friend - cuts beetroot into the smallest cubes you can ever imagine..she does the same for kathrikai and carrots as well.. I don't have the patience nor the knife skills for that. Food processor is my friend. ;)

    Maybe I should do ayudha puja for that :)

  6. clarifying a bit -
    just meant to say food processor is what I use and I'm stuck with the grating / shredding options it provides.

    I really do a friend who has that knife skills and patience to do all that teeny tiny chopping in uniformity. admire her for that. since I cant do that, I've adopted food processor which is my life saver.

  7. My husband is the same way.. likes grated carrot poriyal than the cut carrot poriyal. This is a favorite at home.

  8. i have the same issue of not enjoying cut carrots in any savory non-liquid dishes but grated seems fine. never noticed this until you mentioned it ofcourse. poriyal looks delicious; haven't had it in along long time.

  9. I tried out your recipe and it came out very well. I never knew carrots could be cooked this way and made so tasty. Other than Gajar Halwa, this is the first time that I am using carrot as a primary ingredient in a dish.


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