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Yellow rice, Turmeric yellow rice

Fragrant yellow rice

Rice, vegetarian, World food | December 18, 2017 | By

Yellow rice is simple, fragrant, slightly spicy and most of all, pretty as a picture. Made with turmeric, it is a fancy looking rice that will make your dinner table look elegant.

It is part of Spanish, Indian, Caribbean and South African cuisine. My first taste of yellow rice was in an Indian restaurant a long time ago and I knew I will remember this rice for all times.

Fragrant yellow rice

The yellow colour is as a result of the addition of turmeric (kurkum in Hausa and ata ile pupa in Yoruba). Frying the rice raw will add a toasted flavour to the rice and also prevent sticking, but for this recipe, I used parboiled rice because I had leftover parboiled rice from another recipe.

You can add raisins and chopped vegetables to make it a meal on its own. You can serve yellow rice with curries, seafood, chicken etc.

To prepare Yellow rice

1 cup rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons tumeric (kurkum)
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 seasoning cube
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
dry chili pepper

Chop onions and crush garlic cloves set aside.

Ingredients for yellow rice

Parboil rice until halfway done. Drain into a sieve, rinse under cold water and set aside.

parboiled rice

In a dry pot over low heat, pour vegetable oil, when hot, add onions and fry until soft.

Add crushed garlic, fry until you smell it.

onions frying for yellow rice

Add rice, water, seasoning cube, turmeric powder and salt.

turmeric sprinkled over parboiled rice

Stir well and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat cook until rice is soft.

Take off the heat serve with Coconut curry sauce, Tomato sauce or the Easy Nigerian vegetable sauce.


  • If using raw rice, wash rice with several changes of water to remove excess starch, pour into a sieve to drain. Add washed rice to the fried onions and garlic, stir to coat with the oil over medium heat.

Fragrant yellow rice

If you enjoyed my Healthy mixed green vegetable dip, you will also enjoy my Spicy roasted green pepper sauce, Simple sofrito, Herb butter sauce, fresh tomato salsa and Basic guacamole.

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