Brown Rice Carrot Fritters with Chipotle Sunflower Sauce

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: dinner



Carrot Cakes:

  • 1 cup uncooked short grain brown rice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded carrots, squeeze of moisture
  • 1/2 cup ricotta, drained if needed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil, for cooking


  • 1/2 cup soaked sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Chipotle in Adobo sauce
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  • Cover the rice with 2” of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the rice is cooked; 45 minutes or so.
  • In the food processor, pulse the garlic into small pieces. Add the oats, cilantro, salt, and pepper until the oats are in fine pieces. Add in the brown rice and carrots, followed by the ricotta and eggs. Pulse the mixture a few times to combine the mixture. The carrots and brown rice should still be visible but broken down slightly.
  • Place mixture in the refrigerator and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Warm the olive oil up over medium heat in a large skillet with lid. Wet your hands and form the mixture into patties that are roughly 1" thick and 4" wide. Place in the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, until browning and crisp. Flip, cover, and cook for another 4 minutes until crisp and warmed through.
  • To make the sauce: combine the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, taste, and add more salt as desired.


Tips & Tricks:  Use with leftover brown rice- it speeds up the cook time quite a bit!
Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: carrots, brown rice, sunflower seeds

Nutrition: see the information.