Rice with Carrot, Lemon, Onion and Mint

Helpers Alden and Piper show off the rice

We found a “three-flavor” rice recipe in a recent Parade magazine – long grain white rice accented with carrots, lemon, and mint. Excellent served with roast chicken. I can’t quite figure out why Parade called it “three-flavor”; there are many discernable flavors here – garlic, lemon, carrot, onion and mint. An easy way to dress up rice!

Rice with Carrot, Lemon, Onion and Mint Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6.

If you use a rice other than long grain white rice, you will need to adjust (most likely downward) the amount of water needed. I forgot this and when I made this dish again using medium grained instead I ended up with rice soup.



  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced (1/4 in)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cup long grain rice (make sure that you are using long grain rice)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves


1 Heat the oil in a medium-sized, thick-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown. Add the garlic, cook 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Add the water, lemon zest and juice and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the rice absorbs the liquid and is tender, about 20 minutes.

3 Remove to a bowl, add the scallions and mint, and fluff with a fork.

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From Parade Magazine, 9-11-05


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  • Deb

    I like the sound of all the different flavors in this rice dish. We would adapt the recipe to use brown rice, however. Thanks for this posting.

  • Paz

    Cute helpers!

    This rice recipe sounds and looks good. I’d like to try it!


  • Melissa

    wow! that’s a good looking rice! congratulations to the chef and the helpers, of course :)

  • Swathi

    This is a very colorful and interesting recipe with rice. I am going to try this. Thank you for posting it.

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