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Easy Garlic Turmeric Rice

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This soft, fluffy and Easy Garlic Turmeric Rice is loaded with amazing flavors. It’s a one-pot middle eastern rice that comes together in 20 minutes!

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Also known as yellow rice, this aromatic rice is flavored with butter, onion and comes together in a jiff! It makes a great side dish or a great main! Sprinkle it with coriander, toasted pine nuts and serve with chopped tomato and Greek yogurt. Seriously onto a winner for an easy weeknight dinner!

What is Easy Garlic Turmeric Rice?

This iconic rice, sometimes known as Yellow rice is so full of flavor. Let me break down the things I love about it!

  • Basmati rice – this is the perfect rice for this dish. By the way it can be served a side dish or as a main. Basmati rice is a much longer rice than other varieties and somehow just suits this dish better. I’ve made it with brown rice, it just wasn’t the same.
  • Turmeric – The turmeric in this recipe, is aromatic and earthy yet slightly sweet. When paired with the sautéed onions and garlic it makes this rice so tasty! Plus turmeric has amazing health benefits!

Ingredients You Need To Make Easy Garlic Turmeric Rice

Note: the whole recipe, including the ingredient quantities, can be found at the bottom of this page – just scroll down to the bottom, or click the ‘Jump to Recipe’ button at the top of this post.

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  • Butter – I used salted butter for extra flavor
  • Olive oil – I used extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic – fresh is always best! You can finely chop it or slice it.
  • Brown onion – White will work too.
  • Turmeric – This is the star ingredient! It helps give this rice so much flavor and that lovely yellow color.
  • Basmati rice – basmati rice is a long grain rice and is what works for this recipe. Brown rice will take 30 minutes to cook. But this recipe will also work with regular white rice and will cook in the same amount of time as basmati rice.
  • Chicken stock – Good quality chicken stock is ideal here. But if you’re looking to be more economical you can use stock cubes dissolved in boiling water.
  • Salt – I used fine salt.
  • Toasted pine nuts – I love the addition of pine nuts on top of this rice. It helps add extra flavor and crunch. Gently and slowly toast your pine nuts in a skillet.
  • Coriander – optional, but adds flavor. Of course, if you don’t like it, you can use chopped parsley instead!

How to make Easy Garlic Turmeric Rice!

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  1. Combine butter and oil in saucepan
  2. Gently sauté onion and garlic
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  1. Add turmeric and stir
  2. Add basmati rice and stir a couple minutes to toast
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  1. Add stock and bring to a boil
  2. Cook for 12 minutes
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  1. Turn heat off and allow to rest 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork
  2. Serve with toasted pine nuts and coriander
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Tips and Tricks For Recipe Success!

  • Rinse your rice – only if you bought it loose. If you bought it in a packet, no need to rinse it. To rinse it simply add to a fine mesh sieve and run under tap water while swirling around with your hand. When the water runs clear, it’s good to go.
  • Sauté the veggies first – to soften them and help release even more flavor!
  • Rest rice for 5-10 minutes – after it’s finished cooking. This helps fluff and soften the rice.
Garlic Turmeric Rice - in a serving plate

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Easy Garlic Turmeric Rice

This soft, fluffy and EasyGarlic Turmeric Rice is loaded with amazing flavors. It’s a one-pot middle eastern rice that comes together in 20 minutes!

Serves 4 people

4.8 from 8 votes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Calories: 1952kcal


Turmeric Rice

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice, see notes
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken stock, see notes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, see notes
  • 1/2 cup coriander, chopped

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]


Turmeric Rice

  • Heat a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the butter and oil and mix until both are melted together. Add the garlic and onion and stir until fragrant and the onions soften slightly, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the turmeric and mix until well combined, about 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat up to high and add the rice. Stir to coat in the turmeric, it will turn yellow. Stir for 3 minutes before pouring in the chicken stock and salt. It will bubble and steam. Turn down to low heat and cover with a lid. Allow to cook for 12 minutes. Turn the heat off and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Do not take the lid off at any point. The steam will help cook the last bit of the rice in the rest period. Pour into a serving plate, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and coriander or parsley.


Basmati rice
Basmati rice is a white rice than is more aromatic than white rice, often used in Chinese and Japanese recipes. It has a slightly nutty flavor, and the grains are longer than white rice. For this recipe, you don’t need to rinse the rice. It will still come out fluffy.
Chicken Stock – I used chicken stock in this recipe because I like the flavor, but you can use vegetable stock too.
Pine nuts – these add a gorgeous nutty flavor to the rice. I toasted mine in a frypan on medium heat until golden. Stir continuously or they’ll burn easily!
Storage – This rice can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to three days.
Nutrition – is based on per serving. This recipe serves 4 people as a side. 2 people if you want to have it as a delicious main meal!
A note on measurements – all ingredients in this recipe are offered in Australian cup measurements and weight measurements. Weight measurements are created by me, in my kitchen here in Melbourne Australia. The best way to get recipe success is to measure ingredients by weight, using kitchen scales. To access weight measurements, click on the ‘metric’ button in the recipe card located under the list of ingredients.


Calories : 1952kcal
Carbonhydrates: 265g
Protein: 45g
Fat: 80g
Saturated Fat: 14g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g
Monounsaturated Fat : 28g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 46mg
Sodium: 3213mg
Potassium : 1582mg
Fiber: 9g
Sugar : 16g
Vitamin A: 928IU
Vitamin C: 15mg
Calcium: 160mg
Iron: 8mg
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Nick Makrides January 28, 2023 - 4:09 am

5 stars
This is one of my all time favorite recipe and I’m so excited for you to try it and see how delicious and easy to make it is!

Kathleen A Miller March 3, 2023 - 7:50 am

I was going to try it until I looked at the nutritional breakdown. 1952 calories, 3213 mg. sodium?! Who determined these numbers? Looks delicious, though.

Nick Makrides June 24, 2023 - 3:15 am

Oh well, too bad. It’s delicious. lol.

Em June 19, 2023 - 1:34 am

5 stars
Happy to leave the first review! This was a great side to satay chicken, easy to make and made the most delicious smells. Cook time was prefect, trust the method. Feeding 6 I doubled the recipe and still have lots left over, even after a few seconds. I’m not sure I’ll be allowed to make basic rice ever again!

Nick Makrides June 24, 2023 - 2:10 am

Thanks so much Em! I’m glad you loved and enjoyed this! N x


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