Fragrant yellow rice

Yellow rice, Turmeric yellow rice

Yellow rice is simple, fragrant, slightly spicy and most of all, pretty as a picture. Made with turmeric, it is 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 as a teenager and I knew I will remember this rice at all times. It left quite an impression.

Fragrant yellow rice

The yellow colour is 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 or 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.

Note

  • 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 Yellow rice, Turmeric yellow rice, you will also enjoy my Green leafy vegetable riceCouscous with bell peppersNigerian stir-fried rice and Vegetable Coconut rice.

Fragrant yellow rice

Yellow rice

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Yellow rice is simple, fragrant, slightly spicy and most of all, pretty as a picture. It is made with turmeric.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine world
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons tumeric (kurkum)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • dry chili pepper

Instructions
 

  • Chop onions and crush garlic cloves set aside.
  • Parboil rice until halfway done. Drain into a sieve, rinse under cold water and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add rice, water, seasoning cube, turmeric powder and salt.
  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.
Keyword health food, rice

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