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📋 Yellow Rice Recipe

This bright flavorful turmeric yellow rice is quick and easy to make side dish. A great accomplishment with curries, seafood or any grilled meat dish. Add color to your meal and brighten your weeknight dinner with turmeric yellow rice!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Indonesian, Mediterranean, South African
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 269kcal


  • 1 cup long grain rice white or brown
  • 1 ¾ cup stock vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder can use white onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder can use fresh minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder can use fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Cilantro or parsley


  • Rinse rice. Place rice in fine mesh strainer or a bowl and rinse it for several times. Rinse by scrubbing rice gently with finger tips.
  • Heat olive oil in deep bottom pan on medium heat. Add rinsed rice to oil and give a quick stir.
  • It’s important to saute spice powders in oil to help in bloom. Sauteing spice powders also enhances the taste of the dish. I do not saute spice powders in hot oil directly, but rather add it along with rice or other ingredients like onion, garlic. That way spices won’t get burnt but bloom.
  • Add onion powder, ginger powder, garlic powder to rice. Saute it for 30 seconds.
  • Later add turmeric powder, salt and pepper to taste. Saute for 30 seconds more.
  • Reduce heat to low. Pour in stock or water. Stir well.
  • Cover pot with lid and let it cool for 15 minutes. Note cooking time mentioned here is for long grain white rice. If you switch to long grain brown rice you have to increase the liquid and time to cook.
  • Remove from stove, stand 10 minutes with lid on.
  • After 10 minutes, open lid. Add butter to rice. Butter is optional, but it helps in keeping rice soft and adds rich taste to the dish.
  • Using silicon spatula fluff rice stirring butter into it.
  • Garnish yellow rice with cilantro or parsley.
  • Serve as side dish with curries, seafood or any grilled meat.



  1. Have trust and rinse the rice. It helps in removing excess starch, prevent rice from sticking to each other, cooks rice perfectly with every grain separated.
  2. Sauté rinsed rice and spice powders. Sautéing spice powders helps it bloom making the dish tasty.
  3. Use stock for more flavorful rice. Chicken or vegetable stock can be used.
  4. Once cooking is done, Remove from stove, stand 10 minutes with lid on. This will ensure the cooking process of rice is complete. If you try to stir rice soon as it’s cooked, you’ll find surface of grain wet and inside under cooked.
  5. Butter is optional but highly recommended for rich buttery rice.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg