Coconut Turmeric Rice


Making those Indian Dosas inspired me to try other recipes with Indian spices.   I found several flavored rice recipes from the same book Healthy South Indian Cookbook where the Mango Ginger Chutney came from.  Here’s a simple one using turmeric. Instead of water or broth, I used coconut milk and added a few kaffir lime leaves (the recipe called for bay leaves) and minced ginger.  The rice was not spicy and a little on the bland side.  Which makes it a perfect pair for a spicy dish like curry. (You can still taste the ginger and of course see the effects of turmeric.)   I used basmati rice but long grain or jasmine rice will work as well.  I added sweet green peas (which came from a can thus the dull green color).  You can probably add some nuts, too for added crunch.


  • 1 can coconut milk (about 400 ml)
  • 1 cup basmati rice (long grain rice is fine)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 -4 kaffir lime leaves



  1. Wash basmati rice and drain.  Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan or rice cooker until boiling.
  2. Turn down heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked(soft).
  3. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Remove kaffir lime leaves before serving. You can add sweet green peas (use fresh or frozen) and/or nuts for added crunch.

Notes: If using frozen peas, add during the last five minutes of cooking.


Be Sociable, Share!

Related Posts

» jenn said: { Sep 16, 2009 - 12:09 }

Lovely. I love the color of the rice. I need to try cooking some Indian dishes one of these days.

» Teanna said: { Sep 16, 2009 - 04:09 }

I can’t even tell you how quickly I would eat this rice. I LOVE all of the ingredients in it!

» CheapAppetite said: { Sep 16, 2009 - 06:09 }

Beautiful color. The food looks great. Yellow color stimulates appetite. Definitely great for Indian dishes. I love that you suggest to add some nuts for crunchy texture:)
Thanks for sharing.

» Tita Beng said: { Sep 16, 2009 - 06:09 }

Hmm, I can smell the aroma of this rice! Yum yum!

» anncoo said: { Sep 16, 2009 - 06:09 }

Yes, I also used to fry rice with turmeric but never try to add coconut milk. Must try this sometime.

» Florentina said: { Sep 16, 2009 - 10:09 }

This is a very pretty dish.

» sizzlechef said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 03:09 }

Looks Tasty ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

» Debi (Table Talk) said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 04:09 }

Subtle flavors and fantastic color!

» Squeaky Gourmet said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 06:09 }

This sounds and looks absolutely scrumptious!!

» Andrea@WellnessNotes said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 06:09 }

Beautiful picture! The flavors sound amazing!

» Spicie Foodie said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 07:09 }

Great recipe & and beautiful photos, I love the color flow:) This sounds really good and so do your Dosas.

» Alta said: { Sep 17, 2009 - 11:09 }

Looks so lovely, I am digging the turmeric and how it’s turned your rice such a vibrant yellow! I love the flavors in this dish. Could really eat just it for dinner…

» Christine said: { Sep 18, 2009 - 08:09 }

Will definitely try this one!

» {kiss my spatula} said: { Sep 18, 2009 - 08:09 }

what an amazing flavor combination – can’t wait to try this one!

» Alicia Filliol said: { Sep 18, 2009 - 08:09 }

This is a colorful, gorgeous dish! I will prepare it this week and will tell you my results.

» Chowhound said: { Sep 20, 2009 - 11:09 }

This is one of my favourite rice recipes. I got mine from a Malaysian cookbook and I’ve used it over and over again. It’s very versatile and it goes with just about anything from curries to stir-fries.

Post a Comment