Easy Yellow Rice | Virtually Homemade: Easy Yellow Rice

Friday, August 29, 2014

Easy Yellow Rice

This easy yellow rice is flavored with turmeric and is ready in under 20 minutes

We are a big rice family, mostly because I am a big rice gal. Rice is definitely my favorite side, so my family is subjected to it a lot. I can eat rice completely plain. A drizzle of tamari and sriracha definitely brightens it up, but I’m not picky.

This easy yellow rice is flavored with turmeric and is ready in under 20 minutes

So let’s talk about this easy yellow rice. It is actually the perfect way to take plain rice and make it incredibly spectacular in a couple of minutes flat. This rice is family approved and I make it at least once a week. The simple turmeric and cumin not only gives it a lovely exotic taste, but also a brilliant golden color. Use butter or Earth Balance to give it extra flavor and then top with chives or green onions (I used chives from my herb garden and couldn’t help but adding a chive blossom to the pics!).

Basmati rice cooks super fast and reliably, so this whole yellow rice recipe is done in twenty minutes. During those twenty minutes you can grill off some chicken and toss together a salad. Easy peasy!

This easy yellow rice is flavored with turmeric and is ready in under 20 minutes

Easy Yellow Rice 

(based on a Food Network Recipe)

Recipe by Liz Hughes - Virtually Homemade
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 to 20 minutes
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter or Earth's Balance (for dairy free and vegan version)
  • 2 cups long grain basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • chopped chives or green onions for garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, turmeric and cumin. Saute on medium heat until butter is melted and lightly foaming, while stirring it with the spices. Add rice and stir until the rice is completely coated with the spice mixture.
  2. Add water and salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until water is completely absorbed about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve warm with chives or scallions.
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  1. Loved this one! Good and so easy to make. Thanks! ;-)

  2. Have you ever used this recipe with brown basmati rice? If so, does it extend the cook time?

    1. It would. I have never cooked brown basmati rice so probably refer to package directions!

  3. Just made this tonight and it turned out good. Very easy to throw together.
    Thank you for the recipe.


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