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indian yellow rice in bowl

Indian Yellow Rice

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5 from 10 reviews

This Indian-inspired Yellow Rice recipe is so fluffy and flavorful. Its vibrant color comes from ground turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice. Make this healthy side dish in less than 30 minutes!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 cup long-grain basmati white rice
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews


  1. Place the rice in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse it under cool, running water.
  2. Pour the rinsed rice into a medium saucepan. Add the vegetable broth and turn the heat to high.
  3. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, salt, pepper, and raisins.
  4. Cover the pot and let it cook for 15-20 minutes. The rice is done when it has absorbed all of the liquid. 
  5. Use a fork to gently fluff the rice. Sprinkle the cashews on top and serve warm. 


  1. You can use water or vegetable broth to cook the rice. The vegetable broth will give more flavor to the dish than using water.
  2. Store any leftover rice in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.
  3. If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, you can use ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 185.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg