Carrot-Ginger Rice

Carrot-Ginger RiceI can’t tell you how much I loved this rice! It was sweet, spicy, and so flavorful. The ginger and cayenne pepper really gave the rice a nice kick, the tender onions and carrots made it sweet, and the cilantro gave it a great flavor punch. It was the perfect side dish to my Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs and Sesame Green Beans. I can’t wait to make this one again.

Carrot-Ginger Rice:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of
Original recipe inspired by my friend Kyle
  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled & grated
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled & minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (or more if desired)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Carrot-Ginger Rice

Combine the rice and chicken broth together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and steam for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until tender. Add the carrot, ginger, and garlic to the onions and cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Add the rice to the mixture along with the cilantro, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and dash of cayenne pepper. Stir gently so all ingredients are well combined. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Carrot-Ginger Rice

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5 Responses to “Carrot-Ginger Rice”

  1. 1

    Rebecca — April 25, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Could you use brown rice instead of basmati rice for this dish?

  2. 2

    Pam — April 25, 2012 @ 12:48 pm


    I am sure brown rice would give the dish a nice nutty flavor. Let me know how it turns out.


  3. 3

    cindy — June 27, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Yum! I cannot wait to make this, my boyfriend will love this!

  4. 4

    Eleanor — December 15, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    A very pleasant, easy recipe. Next time I will use carmelized shallots or onions and stir in at the end of the recipe with the rice.

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