Carrot Poriyal

This is a Tamil Nadu style Carrot Poriyal, which is so simple and quick to make. 👌🏻 It is a good healthy side dish for lunch meals consisting of rice.

Now, some people may want to cut their carrots in cubes and pre-boil them, however, I prefer to simply grate the carrots, thus avoiding unnecessary cooking. 😉 For this poriyal, you will only need to do a quick tempering at the start and a bit of frying/ steaming afterwards, hence this recipe is very time efficient. ⏱


Preparation time-5 min

Cooking time- 10 min


  • Grater
  • Non-stick deep pan with a lid


  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/3 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • salt for the taste
  • 1 cup of water for steaming
for tempering:
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Drops of Olive oil for tempering


  1. Grate the carrots on a big coarse grater side and leave them to the side
  2. Dice the onion in brunoise or small style and leave it to the side
  3. Add oil to the non-stick pan and wait for it to heat on a high flame, add mustard seeds with urad dal and cumin seeds
  4. Cover the pan with a lid till you hear the mustard seeds start to pop, stir the seeds around so they don’t burn
  5. Turn the heat to medium and add diced onion, fry till becomes slightly golden
  6. Add 1 cup of water and cover the pan with a lid, let it cook till onion becomes transparent
  7. When onion is cooked, add grated carrots, stir and add turmeric powder and pinch of salt, stir again
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and let everything cook in the remaining water, this will take up to few minutes as carrots are grated, thus they will cook much quicker (❗️Don’t keep carrots cooking for too long, otherwise they will lose their shape and become soggy ❗️)

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