How To Make Turmeric Rice

Turmeric rice is a delicious rice dish that goes really well with lots of different meals. It has a vibrant color and a deep flavor and it makes a nice change to just having plain, boiled rice.

How To Make Turmeric Rice

If you want to know how to make turmeric rice then you are in the right place. We have put together this helpful guide to tell you everything you need to know to make the perfect turmeric rice.

Keep reading to find out more.

What Is Tumeric?

Turmeric is in the same family as ginger. It is a rhizome (like a root). You can use it in its raw form, like when you use a chunk of fresh ginger. However, it is more common to use it in a powdered form.

It has a bright yellow color which is great for dying foods, but it can also stain clothes and materials so be careful when you are using it.

Turmeric is very flavorsome but it is not spicy. It is often used to enhance the flavor of curries, and it is also used in tea. It has an earthy taste, with a slight bitterness. It is also musky and peppery.

When used in cooking it adds a depth of flavor and helps to bring out the other spices. When used with rice, it gives it a lovely, savory flavor.

Turmeric is known to improve your cardiovascular health, and is high in antioxidants which can help to prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

It has anti-inflammatory properties which make it good for your gut and can ease the symptoms of arthritis. It has also been thought to assist with depression.

How To Make Turmeric Rice?

This recipe is straightforward and easy to follow. It takes 5 minutes and preparation time and 20 minutes of cooking time.

If you want to try tumeric rice then just follow these simple steps.


  • Jasmine Rice – One Cup
  • Butter – One Tablespoon
  • Olive Oil – One Tablespoon
  • Onion – One Quarter Cup
  • Garlic – Four Cloves
  • Chicken Broth – One And A Half Cups
  • Bay Leaf – One
  • Tumeric – One And A Half Teaspoons
  • Salt And Pepper – To Taste


Step One – Rinse The Rice

The first step is very important – you need to rinse the rice. This is to get rid of the starchy coating on the rice.

If you don’t rinse the rice enough then it will be sticky when cooked, which is not the right kind of consistency you want for turmeric rice.

Use a sieve, and rinse the rice in running water until the water coming out of the bottom of the rice runs clear.

You can use a fork to move the rice around the sieve as you are rinsing to make sure that all of the grains are rinsed thoroughly.

Step Two – Onions And Garlic

Onions and garlic are added to this savory rice dish to make it extra delicious. Chop the onions finely and mince the garlic. If you don’t have a garlic mincer then chop the garlic finely also.

Heat some butter and olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat until it is melted, then add the onions and garlic. Sautee them until they are nice and soft.

Make sure you use a saucepan that is big enough to hold all of the rice.

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Step Three – Add The Rice

Once the onions and garlic are soft, add the rice into the saucepan. Stir the rice to combine it with the onions and the garlic, then add in the turmeric and stir again.

Keep the rice moving so it doesn’t stick to the saucepan.

Step Four – Add The Liquid

The rice is cooked in chicken broth to give it a savory flavor. You could use vegetable broth instead if you want this to be a vegetarian recipe. Add the chicken broth to the saucepan along with a bay leaf.

The bay leaf will add a lot of flavor, but you need to remember to take it out before you serve the rice.

If you are cooking a big batch and you use more than one bay leaf make sure you count how many you put in so you know how many you need to find at the end.

Step Five – Simmer The Rice

Once the broth has been added to the saucepan, turn up the heat and bring it to the boil. You can then reduce the heat to a steady simmer and let the rice cook. It will take around 15 to 20 minutes.

The liquid should all be absorbed and the rice should be tender. Keep an eye on the saucepan as the rice could start to stick once the liquid disappears.

However, you shouldn’t stir the rice as this will make it sticky and stodgy. If you need to move the rice around the pan, do it very gently with a fork, and turn down the heat a little if the rice is sticking.

Step Six – Serve

Once the rice is cooked remove it from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. This will give you time to finish preparing whatever accompaniment you have for the rice.

When you are ready to serve the rice, remove all of the bay leaves and fluff the rice with a fork.

You can then serve your rice. You could dish it up onto each plate or put it in a bowl on the table for people to help themselves.

The vibrant color of turmeric rice does make it look very appetizing in a bowl on the table, especially with a fresh coriander garnish as the green contrasts the yellow.

What Is The Nutritional Breakdown Of This Recipe?

This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving contains:

  • 241 calories
  • 40g carbohydrates
  • 4g protein
  • 7g fat
  • 9mg cholesterol
  • 353mg sodium
  • 116mg potassium
  • 1g fiber
  • 1g sugar
  • 1g sugar
  • 2mg Vitamin C
  • 1mg Iron
  • 27mg calcium


Turmeric rice is a delicious, savory accompaniment to any meal. It would go well with a curry, or with grilled meat and salad. It is quick and easy to make and it is good for you.

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