Carrot Poriyal/ stir-fry

Stir fries are known by different names in India. Upkari, Poriyal, Uperi , Sambharo are the various names depending on the regions from where they come. These are extremely healthy as minimum oil is used and they are not overcooked. Sharing the recipe of a carrot Poriyal today which my friend Vijaya Lakshmi shared with me.


1/4 kg Carrot grated

1 large onion chopped fine

1 tomato chopped fine

2 tbsps grated coconut


2 tbsps coriander leaves finely chopped

For the tempering:

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1 tsp Cumin seeds

5 pepper corns crushed coarsely

2 green chillies slit

5 flakes of garlic crushed

1 sprig of curry leaves


Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard and after it splutters add the cumin seeds. Once they crackle add the crushed pepper corns, toss and add the curry leaves, slit green chillies and garlic. Toss till the garlic changes colour slightly. Add the onions and salt. Roast till translucent. Drop in the chopped tomatoes and give a quick stir. Add the coconut and saute for a minute. Drop in the grated carrot and saute gently for just a minute. Switch off and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Serves four.

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