Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas

My Favourite Rice Recipes

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1983I can’t remember the last time I ate plain, steamed rice (LOL). Whenever I cook rice, I try to add different ingredients that make me have a different experience on my palate. This time I had some carrots and green capsicum and so they went into the pot together with some passata and my favourite ingredients, garlic and onions. The end result was a delightful side dish with a lovely colour. Children tend to eat more if the food has some colour.

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1982The recipe is so simple so no need to take your precious time describing too many steps. For every cup of basmati rice just add one and half cups water and you’ll be good to go. I hope you like this simple rice, the way we did. I wish you a happy evening or morning, wherever you are..

  • Ingredients
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400g (2 cups) basmati rice
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks or coarsely grated
  • 1 small green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 120ml (½ cup) passata or crushed tomato
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 750ml (3 cups) water (you can omit bouillon cube and use 3 cups stock/broth)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup (3 tablespoons) finely chopped fresh coriander

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1949Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1961Wash the rice until the water runs clear, drain and set aside Heat oil in a non-stick pan or skillet. Add onion, garlic and rice and cook stirring, 5 minutes, until onion is soft and rice is fully coated with oil.

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1963Stir in carrot and green pepper and cook stirring for 2 minutes.

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1969Stir in Passata, tomato paste and bouillon cube and stir until thoroughly combined. Add water, season, with salt and pepper, if necessary, bring to a rolling boil, cover and simmer 12 minutes without lifting the lid. Turn of heat and let stand for another 10 minutes (do not lift the lid).

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1971Heat frozen peas in microwave until piping hot. Add to the rice with coriander. Fluff and serve.

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1973This makes an excellent side dish

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas myfavouritepastime.com_1976I hope it appeals to you too!

Basmati Rice with Carrot and Peas

Preparation time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 35 minutes; Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400g (2 cups) basmati rice
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks or coarsely grated
  • 1 small green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 120ml (½ cup) passata or crushed tomato
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 750ml (3 cups) water (you can omit bouillon cube and use  3 cups stock/broth)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup (3 tablespoons) finely chopped fresh coriander

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice until the water runs clear, drain and set aside. Heat oil in a non-stick pan or skillet. Add onion, garlic and rice and cook stirring, 5 minutes, until onion is soft and rice is fully coated with oil.
  2. Stir in carrot and green pepper and cook stirring for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in Passata, tomato paste and bouillon cube and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add water, season, with salt and pepper, if necessary, bring to a rolling boil, cover and simmer 12 minutes without lifting the lid. Turn of heat and let stand for another 10 minutes (do not lift the lid).
  5. Heat frozen peas in microwave until piping hot. Add to the rice with coriander. Fluff and serve.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

22 thoughts

    1. Hi John,
      Haven’t seen low-sodium bouillon but when I use them I don’t add any salt and I increase the amount of water required. Best wishes!
      Liz

    1. Hi Aunt Juju
      I’m glad to hear am you source for rice dishes. I feel very honoured. I hope you get time to try some of them. have a lovely week!
      Liz

  1. I knew I had not been browsing recipes for a while, but only now I see how many you have cooked up am I realizing how long it has been. I missed tons of fabulous dishes!

    1. Hi Afra.
      Nice to see you as usual. I think by now you know that I love rice. I’ve just had some paprika and tomato rice for lunch. it was extra delicious! Have a great week!
      Liz

      1. Yeap, I know that you love rice. I think that is so fabulous: we live miles apart, have never met, and yet, I know that you love rice 🙂

        1. Ha I am supporting the Netherlands Team in World Cup. I really cheered when they were playing Costa Rica…. Tuesday I am on for Netherlands-Argentina match. Of course you know I shall be supporting the orange team…have a great Sunday!
          liz

        2. That is great to know! All good vibes are so so welcome. I have to say that being 50% German I have two irons in the fire, but it really is the Netherlands I am rooting for. Have a fabulous week!

        3. Lucky you with that 7-1 win over Brazil. What if Netherlands wins tomorrow and they play against Germany? You’ll be torn apart, literally. Anyway at lead you have a team to support in the finals by now!!! Best wishes!
          liz

    1. Thank you, Ash. I completely agree good rice = overeating (LOL). I should consider eating some steamed rice. Have a great weekend!
      Liz

    1. Ha ha, I can’t remember the last time I saw “white rice”. It must be so jealous, the owner might consider abandoning it. Have a great weekend.
      Virtual Hugs.
      Liz

  2. Nice one Liz, rice is always so versatile, and, you get some vegetables mixed with it as well. The coriander would add a lovely scent to it wouldn’t it? I think I should just move in with you and be your taste tester!!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      I know one day you’ll visit and taste test for a while, so I’m not worried at all. I’m feeling so lazy today, but i have a backlog of messages because I’ve been focusing on posting. I hope you have a super weather. Have a great weekend!
      Liz

    1. Thank you, Jo Ann, it’s simple but a pleasure to eat. I see you’ve started posting more regularly. That’s a good sign of the healing process. Have a wonderful weekend, ahead!
      Liz

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