A healthy, delicious rice side dish! So simple to make and the perfect accompaniment to your dinner!
If you haven’t tried turmeric coconut rice, you have truly been missing out! Its such a lovely side dish that goes with a number of dishes ranging from curries to grilled meats or fish.
The rice is creamy, thanks to the coconut milk it is cooked in, and has a beautiful, rich yellow colour from the turmeric. It tastes delicious and looks gorgeous on the plate!
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant that grows in India and surrounding areas. It is a popular spice uses in many of your favourite dishes, including curries. It is closely related to ginger and can be used in cooking similarly -i.e. you can grate the root as you would ginger or you can also buy it as a powder. I personally prefer to use it as a powder.
Turmeric is a wonderful healthy addition to the rice here. Not only does it give it this beautiful golden colour, it also adds a number of healthy benefits! Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Its highly recommended that you add a dash of pepper when cooking with turmeric (which I do in this recipe) as it helps your body absorb the health benefits.
Although I didn’t really grow up eating turmeric, since developing food sensitivities in recent years, it has become a staple in our kitchen. We add a dash of turmeric to many dishes including proteins, our breakfast eggs, and we even turn it into Turmeric Latte (or Golden Milk). It helps with my inflammation and I feel good knowing I am adding something truly healthy to my dish.
Although it is an important component in curries and has a deep colour, I personally don’t find the flavour overwhelming. It’s best described as having an earthy, peppery taste and must be cooked to be consumed. That said, I don’t find it dramatically changes the flavour of a dish and is mild in flavour but it definitely dramatically changes the colour! Perhaps that’s because I use the powdered form and not the root itself. Or maybe its just me? I’d love to know if you have a different experience.
How to make Turmeric Coconut Rice
To make this rice, you’ll need:
- 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 1/4 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
Making the rice is super easy. To start, I heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Then I add onions and saute for a few minutes until they begin to turn translucent. Next, I add the rice and turmeric and stir to combine.
I then add coconut milk, water, salt and pepper and bring to simmer.
Once simmering, I lower heat to the low setting and cover the pan. I let cook for about 25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed. After letting it stand, covered for 5 minutes, I fluff it with a fork before serving and adjust seasoning if needed. That’s it!
I hope you enjoy this healthy side dish!