A delicious side dish that pops with color and flavor
Turmeric Yellow Basmati Rice - the perfect side dish
Don’t you just love the yellow rice you get as a side at some Mexican restaurants? Or the seasoned rice at a steakhouse? Even the Knorr rice sides are delicious. This yellow rice is colorful and flavorful, really it’s the perfect side dish.
Copycats and pre-packaged rice
Turmeric Yellow Basmati Rice is the generic name for a very common rice side. This recipe works as a very good copycat for Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice , Vigo yellow rice, or Mahatma yellow rice. The last two, Vigo and Mahatma, are pre-packaged rice bags that you can buy in stores. All of these are great, but I love my recipe because
- it’s way cheaper, you probably have all of the ingredients on hand
- I never run out, the prepackaged bags are generally single use.
- It’s almost as fast to make, you just add some spices and butter to your rice cooker and go
How do I make fluffy rice? Butter!
Have you ever had plain white rice only cooked in water? It’s got a good texture, and the plain flavor really lets the main course shine. But, have you ever tried adding butter or butter substitute? Most dry pre-packaged rice dishes call for 1 tbsp of butter or butter substitute when cooking, and for good reason. Just 1 tbsp of butter or substitute makes the rice even fluffier than it usually would be. And, even better, using the lowest calorie Country Crock or other substitute, you can add butter to your rice with no guilt. My Country Crock tub says 1 tbsp has only 35 calories, and when that 35 calories is spread across the 4 servings of this recipe, it’s negligible. So you can have the fluffiest rice without any guilt.
How to make Turmeric Yellow Basmati Rice on the stove
This recipe is super simple to make in the rice cooker, but if you don’t have a rice cooker, it can still be made on the stove top. To make on the stove top, bring all ingredients except for the rice to a boil in a pot on the stove. Once at a boil, add the rice and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then fluff and serve.
Don’t stir your rice while cooking on the stovetop. This is a common mistake people will make, because it’s incredibly tempting to stir while cooking. If you stir the rice while cooking, the texture will be ruined. Just make sure the heat is low enough so that the rice very lightly simmers.
Can I substitute chicken bouillon and chicken broth?
I use powder chicken bouillon in this recipe, specifically Knorr brand Caldo de Pollo. The ratio for this brand is 1 tsp to 1 cup of water. If you have chicken broth on hand, you could substitute that for the water 1:1 and skip the bouillon.
My secret ingredient
Most Turmeric Yellow Basmati Rice recipes have a similar set of ingredients based around turmeric. I like to add dried parsley and oregano, which is a bit unusual. They add a nice small pop of color. As the dried herbs rehydrate in the rice cooker, they also unleash more flavor than you might expect.
What mains should I pair this perfect side dish with?
How to make Turmeric Yellow Basmati Rice
Turmeric Yellow Basmati Rice
- 1 rice cooker
- 1 cups Basmati rice other types will work too
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp chicken bullion
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 tsp dried minced onion
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp country crock or butter
- Add all dry ingredients to a rice cooker, then add water and stir to combine. Add butter on top. Set the rice cooker to cook.Once finished, fluff with a fork or rice paddle, and serve.