Yellow rice

Yellow rice

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(79 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

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

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



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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22nd Nov, 2019
Simple recipe to follow, method worked perfectly, fragrant and tasty so I will use this again
12th Jun, 2019
Best rice recipe ever! I’ve made this so many times, nice with a buffet cold too, half the butter and sugar if you want to be healthier; I used Sultanas too as we like them
21st Oct, 2018
This rice is so easy and so tasty (even without the raisins).
7th Oct, 2018
My go-to rice recipe, works everytime on my hob, which my husband is delighted with as rice & me have never got on well!
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Tom Patton
7th Sep, 2018
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)


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