Looking to make a delicious side for the curries? Try this simple golden Turmeric Rice. Make it using basmati, brown or wild rice, it’s going to taste awesome always!
About This Recipe
Turmeric Rice is a simple yellow colored Indian rice preparation where cooked rice is sautéed along with whole spices, onions, turmeric powder, and salt. It just takes 30 minutes to get this dish ready and even less if you already have some cooked rice.
Well, don’t underestimate this dish because of its simple ingredients, it will surely satisfy your cravings for a nice Pulav. Best Part! It is a great dish to use up your leftover rice and create a new yummy dish for your weekday meals.
The onions are slightly browned before adding the rice, which gives it an amazing taste with a delicious bite. You can even add in some finely chopped garlic while adding the onions, it adds to the taste of this rice dish.
You can also add in the goodness of vegetables such as cauliflower, carrot, green peas, or even mushrooms to make it more nutritious and filling.
Turmeric Coconut Rice and Turmeric Cauliflower Rice, are two variations of this recipe which are quite popular too.
Rice – You can either use your leftover cooked rice or can make the rice for this Haldi Rice. But if you make the rice fresh, let it cool down before you start making this dish.
Ghee – I always make this rice in ghee, as it gives a nice flavor and aroma. You can always opt for any oil of your choice for a vegan option.
Whole Spices – For the whole spices, I have used cumin seeds, cloves, and cinnamon, but you can go ahead and also add a bay leaf or black cardamom for extra flavor.
Onions – I have added only onions because I like this dish simple and nice. You can always add veggies such as Cauliflower, Green Peas, Corn, Carrot, Beans, Tomatoes, etc.
Turmeric Powder – The ingredient after which this dish is named. We don’t use any other spice other than turmeric along with salt in this dish, so that flavor of turmeric stands out.
Coriander Leaves – Garnish the dish with some finely chopped coriander leaves, to add a little hint of freshness in the rice recipe.
Step By Step Recipe
Heat ghee in a pan. Once the ghee is hot, add cloves, cinnamon, and cumin seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Add onion and fry until they turn slightly brown.
Add turmeric powder and salt and cook for a few seconds.
Now add cooked rice and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make this rice using fresh turmeric, you can grate the fresh turmeric and add in the cooked rice.
Make sure you do not overdo the quantity of fresh turmeric, as it has very strong flavors. For every one cup of cooked rice, add ½ tsp grated fresh turmeric.
Making any rice recipe is an easy process in the Instant Pot, but only if you get the ratio right.
Wash the rice properly and keep it aside for later use. Press the Saute mode and add ghee in an Instant Pot.
Once the ghee is hot, add in cumin seeds, cloves, and cinnamon. After 30 seconds, add in the onions and let it cook till they turn light brown in color.
Once done, add in turmeric powder and salt. After a minute, add in the rice and stir for about a minute again. Add the required water (1:1 ratio works fine for me) and close it with the lid.
Seal the vent and pressure cook on Manual or Pressure Cook mode for about 6 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally
Basmati Rice is best to make turmeric rice, as it comes out fluffy and grains are separated from each other.
Also, Basmati Rice is full of aroma and flavors, that go well with the ingredients of Turmeric Rice recipe.
You can try this recipe with other rice variations too such as Brown Rice or Wild Rice.
This rice recipe stays good in the refrigerator for about 2 days in an airtight container. Once you want to serve it again, heat in the pan or in the microwave.
This recipe freezes well. You can freeze it an airtight container or a freezer-safe ziplock bag.
Papad and pickle on the side will surely enhance the flavor of this rice raita combination.
As it is highly spiced, you can also serve it along with Dals and Curries or serve it as a side dish with your festive meals.
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Turmeric Rice Recipe
- 2 tbsp Ghee
- 2 Cloves
- 1 inch Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- ½ cup Onion (chopped)
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- Salt (to taste)
- 2 cups Cooked Rice
- Heat ghee in a pan.
- Once the ghee is hot, add cloves, cinnamon and cumin seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.
- Add onions and fry until they turn slightly brown.
- Add turmeric powder, salt and cook for a few seconds.
- Now add cooked rice and mix well.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.