This easy garlic turmeric rice recipe is a wicked delicious variation of the classic Indian ‘yellow rice’ dish.
With subtle flavors from the onion and garlic and the healthy turmeric, this fluffy rice is super versatile and healthy too!
If you have been looking to experiment with Indian cooking, you might want to give this flavorful rice recipe a try.
While I love teaming up my curries with parathas or naan, everyone in my family enjoys them with rice.
So of course, I had to try out a variation to the classic plain rice, and that’s when I landed up with this delicious version of the yellow turmeric rice.
- What's So Great About the Recipe?
- Ingredients For the Garlic Turmeric Rice Recipe
- How to Make Garlic Turmeric Rice
- Substitutions & Variations
- 💭Top Tip
- How to Store the Leftover Turmeric Rice
- Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- How to Serve the Garlic Turmeric Rice
- Related Recipes
- Garlic Turmeric Rice
- Food Safety
What's So Great About the Recipe?
The best part about this recipe has to be its flavor. It is so much more than just a classic yellow rice with the turmeric added in.
The rice is cooked in a broth instead of water, which makes it so much healthier too.
I promise you, everyone in your family is going to love this recipe.
Ingredients For the Garlic Turmeric Rice Recipe
For this yellow rice recipe, here’s what you’ll need.
Rice: I used Basmati rice for this garlic turmeric rice. To get the perfect rice, it is important to choose the right kind of rice grains.
Vegetable stock: Vegetable stock is packed full of flavor and healthy goodness, and is a must for this rice dish.
Garlic: Fresh chopped or minced garlic can add some amazing flavor to this garlic turmeric rice.
Onion: You’ll need some sliced onions to add some more flavor and a bit of texture to this delicious recipe.
Oil: You’ll need just a little bit of regular cooking oil to sauté the spices in.
Butter: A bit of butter can help elevate this rice dish and give it a little richness. You can skip this if you want to make it a vegan meal.
Whole spices: I used whole peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves to lend this dish some earthy undertones of flavor.
Turmeric powder: Just a bit of turmeric powder can lend the turmeric rice that bright yellow color you’re looking for in this Indian rice dish.
Cilantro: And of course, you’d want those little specks of green and some freshness to this turmeric rice dish.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Garlic Turmeric Rice
Start by washing the rice thoroughly twice or thrice, until the water runs clear. Soak this for about 2-3 hours.
In a pot, heat the oil and sauté the whole spices along with the onions and garlic, until they all become fragrant.
Add the rice and sauté for a few more minutes.
Next, add in the turmeric, salt, butter and the stock along with ½ cup of water, and stir to combine.
Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down. Let this simmer for 10-12 minutes, while stirring the rice gently.
Remember to reduce the heat to low until the rice cooks.
Let it cool down and then fluff with a fork and serve.
Substitutions & Variations
- If you don’t have the Basmati rice that the recipe calls for, you can use Jasmine rice or any other aged, long-grain rice for the recipe.
- Brown rice is also a good choice if you are looking for an alternative to white rice to make this rice dish healthier.
- If you don’t have garlic, you can use garlic powder to add some more flavor to the yellow rice.
- Another great idea is to use turmeric and ginger as the key ingredients, and skip adding the garlic and onion to make this turmeric rice dish.
You’re probably already aware of the many health benefits of turmeric.
In addition to adding the color and flavor to the rice, turmeric also packs in some incredible health benefits when you add it to your foods.
The curcumin content in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and can help fight joint pain and even strengthen your body’s immune system.
It’s no surprise we have been adding it to our bedtime milk for centuries now- our classic Ayurvedic golden milk recipe is now taking the internet by storm, and for all the good reasons.
Also remember to choose long grain rice, ideally the aged variety, and rinse it well to remove any excess starch.
How to Store the Leftover Turmeric Rice
The best way to store any leftover garlic turmeric rice that you may have is to refrigerate it in an airtight container.
The rice should stay good for 2-3 days, and you can reheat it in the microwave with a few splashes of water to moisten it up.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- The key to getting the rice light and fluffy and perfect every time is to have the perfect water (or, in this case, stock) to rice ratio.
- Using more than the needed amount of water will get the rice mushy and sticky.
- Another important point to note is to make sure you fluff the cooled rice with a fork to help the grains separate and keep them from clumping to each other.
If you follow the recipe exactly, you should be able to get the perfect fluffy garlic turmeric rice.
If you’re still not sure about getting the water-rice proportion correctly, you can cook rice separately in a pot until it is just about 85% cooked, drain off the excess liquid and then combine the rice with the sauteed spices and turmeric.
This is, of course, an option only if you’re using water instead of vegetable stock to cook the rice.
How to Serve the Garlic Turmeric Rice
You can serve this flavorful rice dish with pretty much any of your favorite recipes, specifically with any Indian cuisine classics.
With a Curry
The easiest, simplest way to serve the turmeric rice is to pair it with an Indian curry. Chicken tikka masala and Bhuna Gosht are two amazing hearty Indian curries that pack in a flavor punch that works perfectly with this rice dish.
With a Condiment
Another great idea is to serve this easy rice dish with a condiment or chutney of your choice.
I love teaming it up with some tomato peanut chutney which I almost always have in my refrigerator, and it becomes such a delicious and easy weeknight meal.
With a Side Dish
You can also serve this rice with an easy side dish like some oven roasted sweet potatoes or a cooling mint and cucumber raita. Sometimes, I also like to serve this rice dish with some Indian style buttermilk to make it a complete meal.
You can skip soaking the rice, but remember that you’ll need a bit more time to make this recipe if you do.
You sure can! While I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, I would recommend using low sodium chicken broth if you really want to use a non-vegetarian broth.
You can make turmeric rice in a rice cooker or an Instant Pot too! In fact, using either of these cooking methods will help you cook the rice faster too!
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Garlic Turmeric Rice
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 onion chopped
- 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 4-5 whole peppercorns
- 1-2 cloves
- 1 pinch turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon cilantro chopped
- salt to taste
- Start by washing the rice thoroughly twice or thrice, until the water runs clear. Soak this for about 2-3 hours.
- In a pot, heat the oil and saute the whole spices along with the onions and garlic, until they all become fragrant.
- Add the rice and saute for a few more minutes.
- Next, add in the turmeric, salt, butter and the stock along with ½ cup of water, and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down. Bringthis to simmer for 10-12 minutes, while stirring the rice gently. Remember to reduce the heat to low until the rice cooks.
- Let it cool down and then fluff with a fork and serve.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove