Yemeni carrot rice ( sheba yemeni food )

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In Yemen there is no lunch complete without rice. Its good to change it up and have a lot of options. This carrot rice is a nice alternative to white rice with a bit more flavor but it is lighter than some other rice dishes which have a meat flavor. If you want more of an orangey color and carrot flavor, you can add an additional carrot.


2 cups of rice
3-4 cups water
½ onion, finely minced
A couple tablespoons of chopped green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons oil
1-2 tsp. salt (to taste)
Several cardamom pods
2-3 whole cloves
A few pieces of cinnamon bark
1 whole green chili, optional
2-3 carrots, grated

How to make

1.      Cook the onions and bell pepper in oil over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook just until before the garlic turns brown. Add the salt and pepper.

2.      Add the grated carrots and cook in the oil until the oil turns yellow and the carrots are soft, about 15 minutes.

3.      Add the rest of the spices, the green chili and the water and bring to a boil over high or medium-high heat until most of the water is absorbed, about 10-20 minutes, depending on the kind of rice you use. Watch to make sure the rice doesn’t burn.

4.      Once most of the rice is evaporated, lower the heat to warm/low and cover the rice. Steam for about 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.