Carrot recipes all the way from Pothohar

Jagjit Kaur Goel

We all know about carrots and their reputation for promoting our vision. When we were young, our mothers made sure that we ate carrots often.

Surprisingly one can find white and red carrots as well as the most widely used orange variety.

Carrots are antioxidants and rich in minerals, vitamins and fibre. They are also loaded with sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, vitamins A,C, D and B6 and beta carotene. These properties promote a healthy blood pressure and heart, as well as radiant skin and healthy eyes.


Carrots are a versatile vegetable and can be cooked in both sweet and savoury dishes.



Provide instant vitality and energy


  1. Peel and cut the vegetables
  2. Pass through a blender or a liquidiser until smooth
Juice 1Juice 2Juice 3
2 Carrots2 Carrots3 Carrots
1 Apple2 Tomatoes3 Apples
1 Orange1 Kiwi FruitSmall Beetroot
1 sq inch GingerHandful Spinach


Fresh cold Salad – Kachumber

This goes very well with barbecued dishes

One very small head of cabbage
2 medium onions
6 inches long kheera (cucumber)
2 carrots
4 tomatoes
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp red chillies
1 Capsicum
Salt to taste

4 green chillies
1 tbsp of salad cream


  1. Grate the cabbage and the carrots
  2. Cut the tomatoes, capcicum and onions into small cubes
  3. Cut chillies first lengthwise and then in half
  4. Mix everything together and add the lemon juice and salt

To give a richer taste, you may add 1 tbsp of salad cream

Hot and spicy salad – SAMBARAH

If you like hot, spicy and tangy tastes, then Sambarah is a treat!

Goes very well with lentils and rice.


Cabbage 500g
Carrots 500g
2 capsicum
Green chillies 100g
Jaggery 100g
Lemon juice 50 ml
Mustard seeds 1 tbsp
1/2 tsp turmeric
2tbsp of cooking oil

½ tsp red chillies


  1. Clean and Shred the cabbage, carrots and the capsium
  2. Pat dry with kitchen towel
  3. Wash and dry the chillies with kitchen towel and cut lengthwise
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a shallow pan/wok and add the mustard seeds
  5. When the seeds splutter, remove from heat and cover with the lid and leave aside for 2 minutes
  6. Add turmeric, salt and red chillies. Mix well
  7. Add the vegetables, stir well and sauté over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes
  8. Lower the heat and add jaggery and lemon juice. Continue to stir for another couple of minutes
  9. Remove from heat and leave it covered until it cools down

Gajar Kheer (sweet dish)

A perfect dessert after a light meal

2 Medium size Carrots
2 heaped tbsp Milk powder 2
2 tbsp of Jaggery or Sugar
1 tbsp Custard powder
1 tbsp Butter
500ml Milk (preferably full fat)


  1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots
  2. Heat butter in a pan and then add the carrots and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the milk and let the mixture simmer until the carrots are cooked and the mixture turns to a thick consistency.
  4. Add jaggery/sugar and almond powder, stirring well.
  5. Stir over a low heat for a couple of minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and garnish with pistachio
  7. Cover the pan, let it cool slightly and serve

I hope you enjoy these Carrot recipes. I look forward to finding more Pothohari recipes to share with you next time!