Yellow Rice Recipe

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Even though many people think that yellow rice is a special kind of rice (like brown rice), in reality yellow rice is made from the plain old white rice :) Yellow rice side dish gets its yellow color from the spice turmeric.   Turmeric colors the rice and also flavors it, and all you need is a pinch of turmeric to make the whole pot of rice yellow!

Yellow rice looks impressive, but it is extremely easy to make!  Just cook the white rice the same way you’d normally do (I always use my rice cooker), and add turmeric to the water before cooking.  That’s it!  The mystery of the yellow rice has been revealed!


2 cups of white rice
3 cups of water
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt


Put rice in a rice cooker.  Pour oil over it and sprinkle with turmeric.  Stir with a spoon until all the rice is yellow and coated with oil.

Add water.  Press the “Cook” button on the rice cooker.

Note: you don’t have to use the rice cooker to make yellow rice.  You can use the conventional method of cooking rice on the stove.  Just coat the rice with oil and turmeric, add water and cook as usual :)

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  1. I was watching a Asian Indian cooking show 3 weeks ago. They use yellow rice a lot in their side dishes, but they are big into Jasmine as part of that recipe. I LOVE yellow rice!

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