Rice with Carrot, Lemon, Onion and Mint

Festive rice recipe with carrot, lemon, onion, and mint.

Rice with Carrot, Lemon, Onion, and Mint
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6 servings

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.

From Parade Magazine, 9-11-05

Elise Bauer