Carrot Curry Recipe from India with Banana and Golden Raisins

Carrot Curry

Carrot Curry Recipe from India with Banana and Golden Raisins
Region / culture: India | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Carrot Curry
Carrot Curry

Carrot curry is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the sweetness of carrots with a blend of spices and fruits. This dish is a popular choice for those looking for a vegetarian option that is both satisfying and nutritious.


Carrot curry has its origins in Indian cuisine, where carrots are a common ingredient in many dishes. The combination of carrots with spices and fruits creates a unique and delicious flavor profile that has become a favorite in many households around the world.


How to prepare

  1. Heat butter in a large non-reactive pan over medium heat.
  2. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric, cardamom, curry powder, cloves, and cayenne. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add carrots and sauté until lightly colored.
  4. Stir in the banana and raisins.
  5. Add water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cover.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Uncover and increase the heat to medium. Cook, shaking frequently, until most of the liquid is evaporated and the carrots and raisins are glazed.
  8. Garnish with parsley.


  • Add chickpeas or tofu for added protein.
  • Use different spices such as garam masala or coriander for a different flavor profile.
  • Add coconut milk for a creamier texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to slice the carrots evenly to ensure even cooking.

- Adjust the amount of spices to suit your taste preferences.

- Be careful not to overcook the carrots, as they can become mushy.

- Feel free to add other vegetables or protein sources to make this dish more filling.

Serving Suggestions

Carrot curry can be served with rice or naan bread for a complete meal. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a light and healthy lunch or dinner option.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a delicious carrot curry is to sauté the spices before adding the carrots and other ingredients. This helps to release the flavors of the spices and create a more aromatic dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have all the spices listed in the recipe, you can use a pre-made curry powder instead. You can also substitute the butter with ghee or coconut oil for a dairy-free option.

Make Ahead Tips

Carrot curry can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the carrot curry with fresh parsley or cilantro for a pop of color. You can also sprinkle some toasted nuts or seeds on top for added texture.

Pairing Recommendations

Carrot curry pairs well with a side of basmati rice, quinoa, or couscous. A side salad or some roasted vegetables can also complement the flavors of the dish.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of carrot curry contains approximately 200 calories.


Carrot curry is a good source of carbohydrates, with each serving containing approximately 25 grams.


Each serving of carrot curry contains approximately 10 grams of fat, primarily from the butter used in the recipe.


Carrot curry is not a significant source of protein, with each serving containing approximately 2 grams.

Vitamins and minerals

Carrot curry is rich in vitamin A, thanks to the carrots used in the recipe. It also contains a good amount of vitamin C and potassium.


This recipe contains dairy (butter) and may not be suitable for those with dairy allergies. It is also gluten-free.


Carrot curry is a nutritious and flavorful dish that is relatively low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals.


Carrot curry is a delicious and nutritious dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. With a blend of spices, fruits, and vegetables, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still picture the first time I came across this recipe for Carrot Curry. It was during my travels through India many years ago. I had always been fascinated by the vibrant colors and bold flavors of Indian cuisine, and I jumped at the chance to learn some authentic recipes from local cooks.

One day, while exploring the bustling markets of Mumbai, I stumbled upon a small street food stall that was serving up the most delicious smelling curry I had ever encountered. Intrigued, I approached the elderly woman who was stirring a large pot of bubbling orange liquid.

She smiled warmly at me and invited me to sit down on a rickety stool next to her. As we chatted, I learned that her name was Amala and she had been cooking this carrot curry recipe for over 50 years. She graciously offered to teach me her secret recipe, and I eagerly accepted.

We spent the entire afternoon together, chopping, stirring, and tasting as she guided me through the process. I watched in awe as she effortlessly combined spices, vegetables, and coconut milk to create a rich and aromatic curry that was like nothing I had ever tasted before.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, Amala shared stories of her family and the traditions that had been passed down through generations. She spoke of the importance of using fresh, local ingredients and cooking with love and intention. I felt truly privileged to be learning from such a wise and talented woman.

After saying our goodbyes, I returned to my own kitchen with a newfound sense of confidence and excitement. I couldn't wait to recreate Amala's carrot curry recipe for my own family and friends, and share a taste of India with them.

Over the years, I have continued to refine and perfect the recipe, adding my own personal touches and variations. I have served it at countless gatherings and dinner parties, always receiving rave reviews and requests for the recipe.

Every time I make this carrot curry, I am transported back to that sunny afternoon in Mumbai, sitting with Amala and soaking up her wisdom and warmth. I am reminded of the power of food to connect us to people and places far beyond our own borders.

I am grateful for the lessons I learned that day, not just about cooking, but about life and love and the importance of sharing our traditions with others. And I am honored to carry on the legacy of Amala and her carrot curry recipe, passing it down to future generations to enjoy and cherish.

So the next time you find yourself in need of a little spice and warmth in your life, why not give my carrot curry recipe a try? I promise it will not disappoint. And who knows, maybe one day you'll be passing it on to someone special, just like I did with you.


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