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5 from 24 votes

Turmeric Yellow Rice

This turmeric yellow rice is full of aromatic flavors and makes an elegant side dish! Simple to prep in a rice cooker or on the stove top.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 208kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice note 1
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric note 2
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder note 3
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups stock chicken or vegetable


  • Before cooking, rinse the rice in a colander under the tap, or by covering with water, swirling, and carefully decanting (repeat 2-3 times until water becomes clear).

Stove Top

  • In a medium pot, combine the rinsed basmati rice with the coconut oil, turmeric, ground ginger, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and stock.
  • Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for another 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving.

Rice Cooker

  • Combine the basmati rice with the coconut oil, turmeric, ground ginger, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and stock.
  • Cook using the 'white rice' function (or regular function if there is not a white rice option).
  • Once the cook time is up, fluff with a fork and enjoy!



1- you may use any long grain or brown rice for this recipe; check the package and adjust the stock and cook time as needed; long grain brown rice will take a significantly longer amount of time to cook.
2- fresh turmeric will probably work in this recipe, but I have not tested; leave us a comment on the post if you give it a try!
3- if you'd like to swap the onion and garlic powder for fresh ingredients, try ½ an onion (finely diced) and 2 cloves of garlic. Sautee in the oil until softened before adding the other ingredients. 
Get the cooked rice into the fridge within 2 hours of cooking and do not let it sit out at room temperature for extended periods of time.
  • store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
  • freeze in a meal prep container or bag for up to 3 months
  • heat until steaming hot in the microwave; do not reheat more than once


Serving: 1/4 of the batch | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 618mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg