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Easy Turmeric Rice

Turmeric rice is a delicious Indian dish where you saute rice with fresh or dried turmeric and some whole spices. This quick rice tastes wonderful with spicy curries or even a simple veg raita and salad. Vegan and gluten free. Turmeric is a wonderful warming and immunity boosting spice and this rice is really good for winters.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: continental, Indian
Keyword: turmeric rice
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1.25 cup rice 3 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoon oil or butter or vegan butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 inch fresh turmeric root 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 2 green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons coriander leaves Chopped


  • Keep the cooked and cold rice ready.
  • Pick a 2 inch long fresh turmeric root and scrub it thoroughly.
    fresh turmeric root
  • Remove the skin using a peeler.
    peeled fresh turmeric root
  • Using a fine grater grate the fresh turmeric root. Skip these steps of you are using trimeric powder.
    grated fresh ginger
  • Heat butter or oil in a heavy pan or skillet. Once the butter is hot add the whole spices- 1 bay leaf, 1 star anise, 2 green cardamom, 1/2 inch cinnamon bark and 2 cloves to it. Saute for few seconds.
    sautéing whole spices in oil
  • Add cumin seeds, grated ginger and turmeric, slit green chilies and
    sauteing cumin seeds, grated turmeric, ginger, green chili in oil for making turmeric rice recipe.
  • Saute well for a minute.
  • Now add cooked and cooled rice. Mix the rice and turmeric very well. Season with salt to taste.
    salt added to rice
  • Mix very well yet gently without breaking the rice. Now you can add another 1 tablespoon butter or oil at this stage for more flavor. Add finely chopped cilantro leaves and mix well. Remove from heat.
    coriander leaves added to turmeric rice.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg