Turmeric is a key ingredient in most curries and they are often accompanied with rice. So why not double up your turmeric intake by having turmeric rice with your next curry. Here is a simple recipe which not only tastes great but looks the part too with it’s golden yellow color.
In fact, many Indian restaurants use turmeric in place of saffron, as it is so expensive, to create visually appealing yellow rice. Now you can do the same.
Turmeric Rice recipe
You will need one cup of a long grain rice like Basmati or Jasmin. For a healthier option you could also go with brown rice but this will take longer to cook and you will need to add more stock or water to cook it.
Create a base for the dish by dicing up half a white or brown onion,
Add it to a pan with a glug or two of coconut oil (or any cooking oil of your choice).
Add a pressed clove of fresh garlic and a grated knob of fresh turmeric (approx. 2cm) to the pan. If you can’t get fresh turmeric then a teaspoon of dry turmeric will do.
Now fry for 5 minutes or until the onions are a translucent color.
Add the rice to the pan and mix the base through.
Add some stock to the pan so that it covers the rice.
The stock can be vegetable, chicken or just plain water if you prefer. You will need about 2 cups of stock which you use to top up the pan whenever the it is getting dry a bit like you were making a risotto.
Bring the stock to the boil and then turn down the heat so that it is just simmering or bubbling.
Stir the mixture from time to time so that the rice does not stick to the bottom.
Add more stock until it is all used up or the rice is cooked.
Add some raisins, cinnamon bark , whole cloves or all of them to the rice.
Add salt and pepper to your personal taste and fluff up the rice with a fork so that the extra ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the rice.
This dish goes great with a curry or any stew.
A Meal Itself
You could even eat it as is. If you want to make it into a meal on it’s own, it would be best to add a few more vegetables to the mix and turn it into turmeric fried rice.
I would chop up some capsicums or red and green peppers and dice a carrot. Saute the carrot and peppers after the onion.
Add some cashew nuts for a bit of protein.
If you want a bit of sweetness in the meal add some frozen garden peas.
Stir some coriander and bean sprouts through the rice mix at the end.
Eat with a squeeze of lime and some chili sauce. A tasty and simple meal – a sort of turmeric pad Thai !