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Bowlful of turmeric rice garnished with fresh coriander.
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Easy Turmeric Rice (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Course Rice Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine fusion, Indian
Keyword Turmeric Rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 generous servings
Calories 362kcal
Author Jo Allison


  • 300 g white Basmati rice rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoon rapeseed/olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves (or 1 large one) minced or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 600 ml vegetable stock from cube is fine
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander/cilantro to serve


  • Rinse basmati rice by placing it in a sieve and running under the cold tap until water runs clear. Set aside.
  • Heat up the oil in a medium size lidded pan/saucepan. Add chopped onion and fry it gently until softened (5-8min).
  • Add minced garlic, bay leaf, mustard seeds and turmeric. Give it all a good mix and fry for couple more minutes until fragrant.
  • Add basmati rice and give it a good stir to make sure it is well mixed with the onion and spices.
  • Pour in the stock and give it all a good mix. Bring it back to boil and cover the pot with a lid. Reduce the heat to minimum and let the rice simmer for approx. 10 min at which point lift the lid and check whether all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Take the pan off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Put the lid back on and let the rice stand approx. 5 min.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.


  • Nutritional information is approximate, per serving (based on 4 large servings) and should be treated as a guideline only.
  • This recipe yields 4 large or 6 small servings (depending on your appetite). 
  • Leftover turmeric rice should be cooled as soon as possible & can be stored in the fridge for up to a day or frozen for up to a month. Make sure to reheat the rice only once and until it's piping hot. 


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg