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Turmeric Rice

Turmeric Rice is a delicious and colorful dish that is simple to prepare and can elevate any meal.

May 11, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 35 mins



  1. Wash the rice and soak it for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter in the pan. Fry with a little stirring after adding the rice.
  3. Then, add turmeric and fry again.
  4. Season it with salt and stir to distribute it evenly.
  5. Add the water and cook over low heat.
  6. Leave the rice to steep for 5 minutes.
  7. Use a fork to fluff the rice and separate the grains.
  8. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Turmeric Rice
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.6 g9.7%
Protein 3.4 g6.8%
Cholesterol 24 mg8%
Sodium 943 mg41%
Potassium 71 mg1.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use long-grain rice. Basmati rice is the best choice for making turmeric rice. It has a light texture and delicate flavor that pair well with the spices. For more, check out our ‘Types of Rice’ article.
  • Rinse the rice. Soak the rice for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This helps to remove excess starch and ensure that the rice cooks evenly.
  • Toast the rice. Toasting the rice in a bit of oil or butter before adding water will help to enhance the flavor and prevent the rice from becoming mushy.
  • Use the right ratio of water. For every cup of rice, use 1 ½ cups of water. This will ensure that the rice is cooked through and doesn't turn out too dry or too mushy.
  • Add turmeric powder to the water. Adding turmeric powder to the water when cooking the rice will infuse it with flavor and give it a vibrant yellow color.
  • Use cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. These spices will add flavor.
  • You can use broth instead of water. Using chicken or vegetable broth instead of water when cooking the rice will add extra flavor and richness.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork. After the rice is cooked, use a fork to fluff it up. This will help to separate the grains and make the rice light and fluffy.
  • Add some chopped cilantro or scallions to the top of the rice to add some extra color and flavor.
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Turmeric rice is packed with health benefits. Turmeric, the main ingredient in this dish, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Adding this yellow rice recipe to your meal plan is an easy way to incorporate this powerful spice into your diet.

Turmeric rice is a popular side dish in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. It is made by cooking rice with turmeric powder and other spices. It will give you a different experience with its fragrance and exquisite taste. Make sure to try the turmeric rice recipe, which is especially worthy of meat dishes.

What Is Turmeric Rice?

Turmeric rice is a dish made with rice that is flavored with turmeric, a yellow spice commonly used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian cuisine. Turmeric gives the rice a vibrant yellow color and a slightly nutty flavor. It can be served as a side dish or as a base for other dishes.

To make Turmeric Rice, you will need rice, turmeric powder, water or broth, and spices like cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. The rice is typically rinsed, soaked, and cooked with the spices and water/broth until it is tender and fluffy.

What Are The Health Benefits of Turmeric Rice?

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice. It reduces inflammation, boosts brain function, and improves heart health. Additionally, rice is a good source of carbohydrates and provides essential nutrients like fiber, B vitamins, and minerals.

What Type of Rice Is Best for Turmeric Rice?

The best type of rice for turmeric rice is long-grain rice, such as basmati rice. Basmati rice has a light, delicate flavor and a slightly nutty aroma that pair well with the flavors of turmeric and other spices. It also remains separate and fluffy when cooked.

You can make it with brown rice. Brown rice will take longer to cook than white rice. Adjust the cooking time or the amount of liquid used. Additionally, brown rice has a nutty flavor and chewier texture than white rice.

However, you can also use other types of long-grain rice or even medium-grain rice instead of basmati rice.

For more, check out our ‘Types of Rice’ article.

What To Serve With Turmeric Rice?

Turmeric rice is a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of main dishes. It goes especially well with spicy or flavorful dishes, as the mild and nutty flavor of the rice complements the bolder flavors of the main course. Turmeric rice is a classic side dish for Indian curries like chicken tikka masala or vegetable korma. It also pairs well with grilled or roasted meats, such as chicken, lamb, beef, or fish.

You can also serve turmeric rice with roasted or sautéed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant or bell pepper. Turmeric rice pilaf goes well with grilled tofu or tempeh. It also pairs with a fresh and crunchy salad for a vegetarian or vegan option.

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How To Store Turmeric Rice?

To store turmeric rice, allow it to cool to room temperature. Then transfer it to an airtight container. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days, or freeze it for longer-term storage.

When reheating leftover turmeric rice, you can add a splash of water or broth to prevent it from drying out. You can reheat it in the microwave or on the stove, stirring occasionally until heated through.

Reheated rice should be consumed within 24 hours to avoid the risk of foodborne illness. Additionally, when reheating frozen turmeric rice, allow it to thaw completely in the refrigerator.

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