Apr 8, 2020

Spanish Garlicky Yellow Rice (Simple & Easy)

Today I am bringing you a super simple and easy yellow rice recipe, that goes well with any meat or vegetable dish. This rice is loaded with turmeric and garlic herbs and spices that has medicinal values, makes this dish bold in color, delicious in taste and good for your gut. And this is very simple recipe can happen in jiffy effortlessly. Do you need any other reason not to make this recipe! ;-) Here is the recipe, Njoy!

 Yellow Rice is a basic recipe that is popular in Spain, Latin, Mediterranean, Indian, Indonesian regions. This rice is flavored with Turmeric or Saffron spices that are popular in those regions. The flavor is very mild and subtle that this can be paired with several other sides dishes.

Long Grain Rice - 2 cups (raw)
Butter - 1 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil - 1 Tbsp
Garlic - 5 to 6 cloves
Onion - 1/2 medium (finely chopped)
Salt - 1 to 2 tsp (according to your taste)
Turmeric Powder - 2 tsp
Black Pepper - 1 tsp (freshly ground)
Vegetable Broth - 4 Cups ( or Water)
Cilantro - 2 Tbsp
Butter - 1 Tbsp (for topping, optional)


  • Finely chop onion into small pieces
  • Remove peel on garlic cloves and mince them
  • Wash rice under luke warm water and drain in colander allowing to fully drain


  1. Heat Sauce pan/pot and add butter to it followed by Oil, give it a min for butter to melt.
  2. Add finely chopped onion and minced garlic to oil, let the oil infuse with flavors.
  3. Add rice to pot and coat well with oil. Add turmeric powder to rice and mix well until every grain is coated. Add 4 cups of Vegetable broth or Water to the pot. Add salt to the pot, followed by freshly ground black pepper. Mix everything well.
  4. Close the lid and let it simmer for 15 to 18 min, until rice is fully cooked and done.
  5. Switch off the stove, add finely chopped cilantro leaves on top of rice, fluff it up with fork. Top with some more butter on top of rice and leave it on stove for 4 more min. (no need to on the stove). (Adding butter is optional, you can totally skip this step)
  6. Yellow Rice is ready now, transfer to serving bowl and serve with any vegetable gravy or meat dish. 


  • Minced garlic in this rice not only adds lot of flavor but also loads good medicinal values.
  • If you are using vegetable broth, use salt sparingly, as broth has some salt already. 
  • If you din't have vegetable broth handy, you can use Water. 
  • Adding butter at the end is optional, it gives a nice glossy touch to your rice, makes it even more fluffier and shiny. 
  • We are heavy rice eaters, hence i made 2 cup batch, if you need to make for less servings, you can follow the same recipe with 1 cup rice, by cutting down all other ingredients to half. 
You can serve in lunch boxes as well to make it colorful. I have loaded with Yellow Rice, Mini Tacos, Black Beans to create Mexican combo lunch box. :-)

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Take care until then, keep smiling and spread the joy!

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