Coconut rice with peas and carrots

Coconut rice with peas and carrots

At the coast of Tanzania, rice is generally cooked with coconut milk. We have many varieties of rice, but it all depends on the creative side of the cook. What I love about Coconut rice with peas and carrots is that, it is very simple, a few ingredients, and yet it taste great.
This is one of the favored Tanzanian rice recipe.

I had this recipe on the web for the first time in 2006. Due to changes of blog domain name, I could not include all the recipes at once, but for people who have been following me, would know this is not my newest post. For those who are new, enjoy.


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp regular olive oil
  • ½ cup peas (you can use frozen peas)
  • ½ cup carrots (cut small, almost as pea size)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Salt


  1. Heat the oil, at medium, in a pot and add rice, peas and carrots.
  2. Stir until rice turns almost white from its translucent color. Add oil if needed.
  3. Add salt and turmeric. Stir for about 30 seconds.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix boiling water and coconut milk.
  5. Add 1 cup of the coconut mixture to the rice.
  6. Simmer at the lowest heat with the pot covered. Add the remaining coconut mixture whenever needed until the rice is cooked.

Serve with:

  17 comments for “Coconut rice with peas and carrots

  1. May 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Now am hungry ; )

  2. sue
    January 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Please could you tell me with this receipe how many it serves ?

  3. Softy Bakit
    September 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Hello Sister, thanks very but i have not got clear with the mixture of water n coconut. coz I want to surprise my husband for his birthday and your beef stew wala la ni kweli its mazbt i am in Niamey

  4. Katie
    June 6, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Asante sana dada…i really appreciate this…i am Kenyan bt i wanted to learn these mouth watering receipes…thanx..

  5. Jodie
    December 1, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    We are moving to Tanzania in 2013 and we’ve been practicing with some of these recipes! This rice one we’ve served to company and they love it!

  6. October 21, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    I had once tried this, it real tasts nice.
    Stay in touch!!!

  7. karim
    June 15, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    I would like to commend you for puting up this web site good job. would you also give us some History behind the Tanzanian food this looks more like indian is it influenced by them …

  8. June 11, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    ithink it will be nice and so delicios

  9. bety
    April 4, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    that Coconut rice with peas and carrots it looks delicious

  10. njuu
    March 31, 2011 at 5:42 AM


  11. gati
    March 16, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    would u help me with biriani recipe?i mean beef or chicken biriani

  12. gati
    March 16, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    would help me with biriani recipe?i mean beef or chicken biriani

  13. gati
    March 16, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    thats nice but i dont like tumeric,i hope i wont miss the taste without it in my dish.

    • March 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      Dont have to use turmeric at all. But, it add a little bit of distinct flavor.

  14. Valerie
    March 11, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Thank you Rose, hii imetulia, must try!

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