Yellow Rice Recipe |  Turmeric and Rice Recipe |  Easy Rice Recipes | Peppercorn recipes
We all need quick and simple recipes in our lives. Lack of time, energy, budget or all of them together warrant such recipes that provide incentive to cook and make your own warming meal. I tend to fall back on my stash of easy recipes more during weekdays when I am juggling lot of chores and have less energy to concentrate on cooking. To avoid monotony I jazz up few ingredients to make a "fancy looking" meal that is in fact extremely simple to make.
Yellow Rice Recipe |  Turmeric and Rice Recipe |  Easy Rice Recipes | Peppercorn recipes
Like this recipe for example. It looks like something on a restaurant table but in fact, the effort taken is less than 1 minute and cooking takes less than 10 minutes. This along with dal, or a veggies stir fry (at times frozen too) completes dinner under 10-15 minutes that also allows multitasking without compromises. If that's not reason enough, Turmeric provides immense benefits and its combination with peppercorns makes it a potent anti septic and digestive stimulant. I have read that this combo also has cancer fighting properties.
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: Makes 4 cups ( abt 4-6 servings)
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups Basmati Rice see Tips
  • 2-1/3 cups Water, see Tips
  • 1/4 tsp ground Turmeric
  • 1 tsp whole Peppercorns, see Tips
  • 2-3 Cardamom pods, crushed lightly to break the skin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh Mint, chopped, or as needed
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil/ Ghee/ Butter (optional)
Tips
1. Basmati Rice: You can use any other long grained rice instead. If you do not have any on hand, medium grained rice will also work although long grained has a more visual appeal. Taste wise it shouldn't make a difference.

2. Water: You can use Vegetable stock instead. I, at times, tend to use the water in which I boiled some vegetables to make this rice. Provides better flavor along with nutrition without wasting the ones that gets leached into the water while boiling the vegetables.

3. Peppercorns: You can use any color Peppercorns. I use a mix of 4 different colored peppercorns - Pink, White, Black and Green in this recipe but using just one works just great as well.
Method
1. Wash the rice multiple times in cold water until clear. Soak the rice in fresh water for 10-15 minutes. Soaking is optional.
Tip: This not only helps to remove excess starch from the rice preventing it from becoming mushy, but also removes impurities. With high levels of arsenic in rice nowadays, this steps now becomes necessary as well health wise.
2. If using Butter/Ghee, saute the rice along with the spices
3. for a minute, until aromatic before adding water. Though its optional, I would recommend it since it provides immense flavor.
4. If not, put the rice with the water it was soaking in, along with the spices (except mint) in a pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan,
6. and cook until the rice is done, about 10 minutes
7. Do not stir the rice during cooking since it would make it mushy. Remove from the heat and let the rice rest undisturbed about 5 minutes.
8. You can fluff it with a fork before serving.
Transfer to a serving plateĀ  garnish with the mint leaves, and serve warm. Goes with well with any side dish. Yellow Rice Recipe |  Turmeric and Rice Recipe |  Easy Rice Recipes | Peppercorn recipes

Recipe Reference

recipe slightly modified from 1000 indian recipes cookbook

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5 Comments

By Sravanthi on Oct 5, 2016

Thank you for the recipe, it looks so delicious. People ignore turmeric benefits , they just use it as color. but this is delicious and healthy.

By Haju Aidroos on Dec 17, 2014

Wonderful!! sometimes I do use left over rice too!! Same recipe !

By Nitish on Nov 1, 2014

I love this recepy .. i make it and its soo tasty

By collette on Oct 26, 2014

:lol: Can you tell what type of basmati you used for this recipe, thank you in advance

By Siri on Aug 26, 2014

Truly simple and yum. Turmeric for the color and peppercorns for the heat! :-D