Coconut Rice with Turmeric

My Favourite Rice Recipes

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0985Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant of the Ginger family, whose rhizomes are either used fresh (like ginger) or boiled for 30-45 minutes, dried in hot ovens and then ground into a deep yellow powder used in cooking. It’s mainly used in savoury dishes like rice or curries, but occasionally used in sweet dishes, especially in India and also used to impart colour to food. The taste or turmeric can be described as slightly bitter, slightly hot with a mustardy smell. It’s believed to have the potential of treating a number of diseases including: cancer, diabetes and allergies, just to mention a few. I love using turmeric because it imparts a nice colour to rice but it also enhances the flavour that would otherwise be bland. This recipe is very simple but the rice tastes very nice. I hope you’ll like it!

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_1631Please note that I shall be taking some time off the blog to attend to some pressing issues. I shall continue posting automatically via the dashboard but will only respond to your messages from 15 May 2014. Meanwhile, I want to thank you in advance, for liking my post(s) or leaving a message. I wish you a happy blogging and the best of times!

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups basmati rice, washed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion moon sliced
  • ½-1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes or freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 x 400ml can good quality coconut milk
  • 375ml (1½ cups) stock
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0937Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start (Oops, I did not include stock here)

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0940Heat oil in a heavy based non-stick pan and cook onions 5 minutes until soft and golden. Add chilli flakes and garlic cook one minute.

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0944Increase the heat, add the rice and cook 4 minutes until well coated with oil, then add cumin and turmeric

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0947and stir until rice is yellow. Add stock and coconut milk. Season if necessary. and bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes without lifting the lid. Turn off the heat and let stand for 10 minutes, without lifting the lid.

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0957Lift the lid, add the finely chopped cilantro and fluff the rice.

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_1630Serve

Coconut rice with turmeric myfavouritepastime.com_0987This rice is a keeper!

Coconut Rice with Turmeric

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cooking Time: 30 minutes; Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice, washed and drained 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion moon sliced
  • ½-1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes or freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 x 400ml can, good quality, coconut milk
  • 375ml (1½ cups) stock
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a heavy based non-stick pan and cook onions 5 minutes until soft and golden. Add chilli flakes and garlic cook one minute.
  2. Increase the heat, add the rice and cook 4 minutes until well coated with oil, then add cumin and turmeric and stir until rice is yellow.
  3. Add stock and coconut milk. Season if necessary. and bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes without lifting the lid. Turn off the heat and let stand for 10 minutes, without lifting the lid.
  4. Lift the lid, add the finely chopped cilantro and serve the rice.
  5. Please note: that I made only one cup rice for blog purposes.
  6. Last updated: 4 April 2017

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

39 thoughts

  1. I’ll be trying this one for sure! Nice colour from the turmeric. Could become a “keeper”! Thanks Liz, surfing through previous recipes….I’m trying to catch up! Don’t want to miss any you know! Have a lovely rest of the week.

    1. You are such a wonderful, lady, Sandy. You amaze me with your kindness and compassion. Thanks for surfing through. Hope you’ll like the rice when you try it. I wish you a fantastic week!
      Liz

    1. Thank you, Aunt Juju. I love it too. I’ve just eaten some steamed basmati for lunch. It was great! Have a wonderful week.
      Liz

  2. I actually have a jar of unopened turmeric in my spice cabinet right now. My husband loves yellow rice and I have been meaningto try to make it from scratch. Your pictures make me feel brave enough to try it.

    1. Hi Serah,
      The rice is so easy to make so I hope you’ll find time to make it and enjoy it. That jar of turmeric needs to be put into good use. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
      Liz

  3. I know you’re away but thought I’d let you know I made this tonight and it was delicious! I did notice that garlic and turmeric were both missing from the recipe – you must have been in a rush Lol! I added ginger too. Really good, thx 🙂

    1. Hi Sheri,
      I’m glad to hear that you made it and you loved it. And thanks for noting the missing garlic and turmeric. I posted in a hurry because I was leaving….Ginger is a very good addition. I would love to add it next time too! Thanks so much for pointing out and have a great weekend!
      Liz

    1. Okay let me peep and see your turmeric ginger carrot pickle. Maybe next time I shall pair them together! thanks for sharing!!!
      Liz

  4. We also like turmeric in fried rice. It really makes the rice extra special. The cilantro adds an interesting taste as well. Looks like this goes well with grilled meats. Definitely a keeper! 🙂

  5. I just pinned this onto my Pinterest board. I realized I have never cooked with turmeric before and want to try something with it. I read not long ago that turmeric is really good for Arthritis. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for pining the rice. I appreciate your effort. Turmeric is great for many things. It’s a great ingredient to use. I wish you a happy cooking and a lovely weekend. Best wishes!
      Liz

    1. Ha ha Chad, Did you try it? did the wife like it? I wish I had a husband who cooks like you. I would demand the whole world. Enjoy your weekend!
      Liz

      1. lol I’ll be trying it probably sometime during this upcoming week (at some point ill take a little break from all the grilling). The wife doesn’t demand much of anything she just goes with my creative flow.

        1. Good to know that she just enjoys your creative flow. My best wishes to her and have a fantastic weekend!
          Liz

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