Yellow rice

Yellow rice

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(52 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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14th Oct, 2011
Found it a bit too sweet for my taste but I'm sure with the right dish it would be lovely!
12th Oct, 2011
I cooked this on a very gentile simmer for 20 minutes and it cooked great! Not a little crunchy as people were commenting here. I also tried it yesterday, but found that the cinnamon and sugar a little too much. So I halved cinnamon and used a tablespoon of sugar rather than a heaped one, and omitted the raisins... it came out great! And a bit more suited to my taste! :)
21st Sep, 2011
Smells incredible and the taste does not disappoint. Rice will never be the same again!
18th Sep, 2011
Use this for almost everything that goes with rice. Always make a large batch and freeze in portions for two, so that we never run out
18th Sep, 2011
Lovely. Such a nice way of cooking rice, everyone was really surprised by how tasty it was. Added about a tablespoon of sugar rather than a heaped tablespoon and it wasn't too sweet at all.
24th May, 2011
Delicious! I used sultanas instead of raisins as I didn't have any and served it with the Bobotie. Will definitely cook again and again.
30th Apr, 2011
amazing! when ever invited to a do Im ordered to take this, vegetarian friends love it. really tasty!
18th Apr, 2011
Lovely, couldn't believe I'd made it myself! I didn't add the raisins. It went really well with Moroccan-style chicken with lentils, but when I ate it by itself it was a teeny bit sweet. Hubby loved it too - if only my daughter would have eaten it. It (together with the moroccan style chicken) was scrumptious.
8th Mar, 2011
I loved this rice dish, it made a great change to the usual boring white rice, it was sweet and a nice treat to go with the Bobotie... yum
13th Jan, 2011
Made this quite a few times now and it's always a huge hit for something that is so easy


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