Turmeric Golden Rice

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The blessing of a well-stocked pantry is that so many more dishes are available to you at the spur of the moment! There are a few ingredients, including Turmeric Tea Drops, in this classic Indian Turmeric Golden Rice that you may not have in your cupboard, but I suggest that they would be excellent additions if you don’t already have them.

This rice was one of those OMG food epiphanies for me. As in, “this is SO easy and SO good, why haven’t I been making it my whole life?” Seriously! I whipped this up quickly after a long day at work and thought I had to share with you too!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Rice soaking time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6


2 cups long-grain rice, preferably Basmati

4 cups water

2 teaspoons salt

2 cloves

2 cardamom pods

One 2-inch piece of cinnamon

3 Tbsp vegetable oil (or ghee if you have it)

1/2 teaspoon dark mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

1 medium onion, chopped

3 chopped garlic cloves

1 Turmeric Tea Drop


1. Rinse and soak rice: Place rice in a sieve and run cool water through it to rinse it until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in cool water for 30 minutes. Drain.

2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat with the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. Add the mustard and cumin seeds and the chili flakes.

Cook until the mustard seeds start popping, then add the onion. Sauté until the onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
3.Add the garlic and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the rice and mix well. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
5.Dissolve Turmeric Tea Drop in 4 cups of hot water. Once the Tea Drop is dissolved, add water and salt to rice mixture.
6. Cover with lid and let the rice simmer for 10 minutes.
Taste the rice, and test if it is done to your taste; rice can take more or less time to cook depending on how old it is. If still too firm, add water and cook a few minutes longer.
7. Lastly, add ghee and ENJOY!

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