Carrot Fry

Carrot Fry

carrot frySesame flavored Carrot stir fry

I relish carrots and use them regularly in my cooking and often drink a glass of fresh carrot juice during the early part of the day. The fridge is always stocked with at least 2 pounds of this Vitamin A rich vegetable. Last week, I made a simple sesame flavored carrot fry that made for a delectable side with rice and sambar. I would rate as one of the best Indian vegetarian recipes using carrots.

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Carrot Fry

This is a basic carrot fry recipe and you can play around with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I used toasted sesame seeds and coriander powder as the main spices which made for a good combination of flavors. You can add a dash of cumin powder and dry fenugreek leaves (methi) for a flavor variation. I would suggest using curry leaves during the tempering process as they lend a unique aroma to the carrot fry.

Carrot Fry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  carrot


  •   Carrots - 2, large, peeled and cut into small pieces
  •   Asafoetida - pinch (optional)
  •   Green chilies - 2 or 3, slit length wise
  •   Ginger - 1/2", grated
  •   Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  •   Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsps
  •   Toasted sesame seeds - 2 tbsps, lightly crushed
  •   Red chili flakes - 1/2 tsp
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Oil - 1 tbsp

Method for making Carrot Fry

Heat oil in a cooking vessel. Once hot, add the curry leaves, green chilies, asafoetida and ginger and saute for 5 to 6 seconds. Add the chopped carrots and mix.
Cook without lid on medium flame for 4 to 5 mts, mixing the contents once in a while. Reduce flame, add salt and cook till the carrots are soft, approx 25 mts.
Remove lid, add the coriander powder and mix. Cook for 2 to 3 mts. Add the crushed toasted sesame seeds and crushed red chili flakes and mix.
Turn off flame and remove into a serving bowl. Serve warm with rice or rotis.


  •   During tempering, you can add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp split gram dal.
  •   If you do not have crushed red chili flakes, add 1/2 tsp red chili powder at the time of adding coriander powder.


Carrot fry, a gem among Vegetarian Indian recipes with minimal ingredients. A healthy carrot dish that is rich is vitamin A and calcium.

5 thoughts on “Carrot Fry

  1. Excellent recipe..never thought we could make curry with carrots exc using in salads…tx
    Can you pl post nysore bonda recipe, the ones we get in Bandis..thank you once again

  2. Good one…we prepare this using grated carrots also…tastes good mixed with hot steamed rice,,mmmmmost delicious

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