Yellow rice

Yellow rice

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(57 ratings)

Prep: 2 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus 5 mins plus soaking time


Serves 6
This is delicious – vibrant with spices, with a sweet note from the sugar and raisins. Perfect with our Bobotie recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Before cooking
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal313
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.98g
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  • 350g basmati rice
  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 heaped tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1⁄2 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods, shelled and seeds crushed
  • just under 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 5 tbsp raisin


  1. Put all the ingredients in a large pan with 1 tsp salt and 500ml water, then heat until boiling and the butter has melted.

  2. Stir, cover and leave to simmer for 6 mins. Take off the heat and leave, still covered, for 5 mins. Fluff up and tip into a warm bowl to serve.

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26th Jan, 2018
Have made this many times. Easy and always a crowd pleaser. Goes well with Durban lamb curry. I have also used sweetener instead of sugar. Usually use less sugar than in recipe.
29th Jan, 2016
Made this rice to go with the Bobotie and it was excellent. Made a nice change from plain rice. Like most people I omitted the sugar.
24th Jan, 2016
Made this to go with the Bobotie recipe. After reading the comments, I also left the sugar out, I can't imagine how it would enhance it.... I also left the cardamom out as I didn't have any. Really lovely, it made a nice change from plain rice.
8th Dec, 2015
Far better than plain rice. Can't really fault it, just reduce/omit the sugar if you deem it necessary to compliment the main component of the meal.
11th Jan, 2015
very tasty & enjoyed by everyone, good balance of flavours (used ground cardamon as didn't have whole)
4th Jan, 2015
Served this with All in one posh lamb balti, husband said was restaurant quality, left out the sugar and was definitely sweet enough.
4th Jul, 2014
Delicious! Prob the best rice I've ever cooked! Cooked just as per recipe & it was fab in texture & flavour. Served with the bobotie & tomato salad
17th Nov, 2013
This is one of my families favourite dishes and complements the bobotie perfectly. It needs the sweetness to balance the spice in the bobotie. I do use half the butter to keep the fat down. Amount of liquid is fine, just stir as soon a heat is turned off and make you sure your lid fits wells and don't be tempted to open the lid before its done.
28th Aug, 2013
Sorry forgot to say I didn't add sugar it and the raisins made it sweet enough
28th Aug, 2013
Absolutely delicious, great with the Bobotie and also with a curry. I have had no problem with the rice cooking as per recipe - if you do just stir and put the lid back on the pan for a little longer.


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