Turmeric Rice Recipe: A Vibrant Twist to Your Dinner Table!

Turmeric rice is simple to whip up, using jasmine rice, onion, garlic, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper cooked in chicken broth until the rice soaks it all up, giving it a nice texture. I like this turmeric rice because the flavours aren’t too strong, they’re just right. It pairs nicely with baked chicken, pork chops, roast beef, or salmon.

It’s a yummy change from regular rice and goes well with any meal. Oh, and remember, if you’re serving it with a salty curry, don’t overdo it on the salt. To get it just right, there are a few easy tricks to follow.

Turmeric Rice Recipe

Turmeric Rice Recipe

Turmeric rice is an easy side dish made with jasmine rice, onion, garlic, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper. Just cook everything in chicken broth until the rice is nice and fluffy. It's a yummy twist on plain rice and goes great with all sorts of meals. You'll love this turmeric rice with grilled veggies, chicken, kababs, curry, or stew. It's sure to be a hit with your family and friends!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5
Calories 245 kcal


  • Medium pot
  • Strainer for rinsing rice
  • Fork


  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely Chopped onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice rinsed
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 dried Bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Turmeric


  • Wash the rice until the water runs clear, then drain it.
  • In a pot on medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until they’re soft.
  • Stir in the rice and turmeric until they’re mixed well.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and add the bay leaf. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Take it off the heat, let it sit for 5 minutes, then remove the bay leaf. Fluff it up with a fork, and it’s ready to serve!


  • Leave rice alone while boiling to keep it from getting mushy.
  • Wash long-grain rice before cooking to remove extra starch.
  • Get the liquid gently boiling, then let the rice cook until the liquid’s gone.
  • Cool rice before putting it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze extra rice for later. Thaw in the fridge or microwave when needed

Nutrition Facts:

Calories245 kcal
Saturated Fat3g

Can I Use a Different Kind of Rice?

Can I Use a Different Kind of Rice?

Yup, you can try white basmati rice too. Brown rice might work, but I haven’t tested it.

Do I Need to Use Chicken Broth?

Nope, you can go with vegetable or beef broth, or just water. But broth gives better flavour.

Can I Add Turmeric After Cooking?

Sure! Heat a pan, toss in cooked rice, turmeric, and a bit of oil. Mix and warm for a couple of minutes. But it blends better if added before cooking.

Why is My Rice Sticky And Mushy?

You might have used too much liquid or cooked it too long. Different rice types or brands can also change things up. Try using 1/4 cup less liquid next time and avoid stirring while cooking.

Can I Add Turmeric to Boiling Rice?

Totally! Boil water, add broth, olive oil, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and turmeric. Toss in rice, stir, and bring it all back to a boil.

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