I’m a HUGE fan of rice, so when I was asked to share a Carrot Rice recipe on the YouTube channel by a fan of what I do… I jumped at the opportunity. A few simple steps and in under thirty minutes, you and your family will be feasting on one of the most delicious vegan (and gluten free) meals you’ve ever had. BOLD? Nah.. just me being honest. You can certainly add other vegetables you like or have on hand, but for today we’ll keep all about the carrot and other flavor ingredients.
1 1/2 cups parboiled brown rice (or your fav)
3/12 cups vegetable stock (gluten free)
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 scotch bonnet pepper
1 glove garlic (diced or crushed)
1 large carrot (grated)
1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
3 sprigs thyme (leaves)
2 seasoning peppers (aka pimento pepper)
Important. If doing this recipe #Vegan and/or #GlutenFree please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific dietary needs.
Heat the olive oil (use any oil you like) on a low heat, then add the scallion, garlic, parsley, thyme, seasoning peppers and black pepper. Stir well and cook gently on a very low heat for about 3 minutes.
With the heat still on low, add the grated carrot and stir. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Crank up the heat (med/high)! It’s now time to add the washed rice to the pot along with the salt. I used par-boiled long grain brown rice, but you may use any rice you like. However, do adjust the amount of cooking liquid to the type of rice you decide on using. Additionally, I washed my rice but if you don’t like doing so, keep in mind that you may get a sort of gritty texture if you don’t.
Add the veg stock (you may use Chicken stock if not doing this vegan), give it a quick stir and top with the Saffron (optional). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook with the pot covered. Almost forgot to add the scotch bonnet pepper. Add it WHOLE and try NOT to break it while cooking or you’ll release the beast.
Try your best to not stir too much or you will break down the rice a bit and the starch will make the dish very sticky. After about 20-25 minutes all the liquid will have disappeared… remove the scotch bonnet pepper (discard or save for the heat lover who may be eating this), turn off the heat and cover the pot. Leave it alone for about 10 minutes – covered.
The final step is to (optional) add some chopped parsley and fluff the rice with a fork!
A excellent rice dish you can enjoy on it’s own or as a side with some stewed meats with gravy.. yea ah curry gravy on this will rock too! This time I served it with some bbq chicken.
Do you own a copy of my cookbook ?- The Vibrant Caribbean Pot 100 Traditional And Fusion recipes Vol 2