Golden Rice | Simple Yellow Rice | Simple Turmeric Rice

A simple yet flavoursome, healthy rice dish from North India.

Rice | Turmeric Rice | Indian | Vegetarian | A Life TIme of Cooking

Turmeric lends a sense of glamour to a rice dish, tinting it deliciously yellow. In this dish, the herbs and spices are subtle and compliment basmati rice’s lovely nutty flavour. It can be eaten with a soup or salad style dish and also goes well with a simple dal and some chutney and pickle.

You can read more about Turmeric here. It really is a wonder spice. If you would like to see some other rice dishes, we have Pepper Cumin RiceLemon Rice, and Mango Rice. For all of our Rice dishes click here.

Browse our different methods for cooking rice. Our especial favourite is Buttery Steamed Rice.

You might also like to try Lazy Spinach Rice, Black Pepper and Cumin Rice, Savoury Rice and Green Pea Pilaf, Potato Subzi and Urad Dal with Tomatoes.

More of Yamuna Devi’s recipes can be found here. Or simply browse all of our easy Mid Autumn dishes.

Rice | Turmeric Rice | Indian | Vegetarian | A Life TIme of Cooking

Simple Yellow Rice | Simple Turmeric Rice

rice soaking and drying time: 55 mins
prep time: 5 mins
cooking time: 35 mins
serves 3 – 4

1 cup basmati rice
2 Tblspn ghee or other long grained white rice
1 tspn cumin seeds
0.25 tspn ajwain seeds
6 whole cloves
2.5cm stick cinnamon
1.66 – 1.75 cups water (as desired)
0.25 tspn coarsely ground black pepper
0.5 tspn turmeric powder
3 Tblspn chopped celery leaves, parsley, green coriander or other fresh soft herbs

Rinse the rice a couple of times and then soak for 30 minutes. After draining, spread it on a plate and leave to dry for 20 mins.

Then heat the ghee in a heavy large pot. Add the cumin seeds, ajwain seeds, whole cloves, and the cinnamon stick. Saute until the cumin seeds turn brown.

Add the rice and stir fry in the hot oil and spices for about 2 minutes. Add the water, salt, pepper, turmeric and celery leaves or herbs. Increase the heat and bring the water to a full boil.

Cover with a tight lid, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 20-25 mins until the rice is tender and the water fully absorbed. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit, covered, for 5 mins to allow the grains to firm up. Remove the cloves and cinnamon and fluff the rice with a fork.


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