Yellow Rice

Here's a recipe for yellow rice which is a wonderful alternative to plain old white rice. It goes beautifully with the chicken tikka masala recipe I posted the other day and it instantly brightens up any dinner table. It looks much more complicated than it really is and is an easy way to impress your guests.


4 cups rice
4 cups hot water
2 tablespoons turmeric
2 tsp vegetable oil
4 cardamom pods
2 bay-leaves
4 pods black paper
2 pieces dry cloves
1 tsp salt

For the garnish:
A mixed cup (more if you desire) of unsalted cashews, almonds, pine nuts and raisins.

In a saucepan heat the oil over a medium flame and add the cardamom pods. bay-leaf, pepper and cloves. After a minute or two add the turmeric powder and mix thoroughly. Next add the rice, hot water and salt. Bring to a boil then, lower the heat and cover the saucepan with a lid. Cook for about 10 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.

For the garnish:

In a separate saucepan, heat up 1/4 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the cashews, almonds, pine nuts and rasins and heat for a minute or two. Add them onto the rice before serving.

Serves about 6 people.

If you enjoyed this recipe you should also try:

Chicken Tikka Masala
Turkish Ground Beef and Yogurt Pasta
Lebanese Tebbouleh

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  1. Yummy, I think I'll be reading you... :)

  2. I really think I could eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I saved your recipe and plan on giving it a try.

  3. Just tried this dish with the chicken tikka masala and it's HEAVENLY! Wow, what a combination...Thanks, Nirvana!

  4. This sounds like a nice way to enjoy rice.


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