Cape Malay Yellow Rice With Raisins

"I found this recipe online for Zaar World Tour. It recommends serving it with curries or bobotie."
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  • Clean the rice and place all the ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  • Bring the rice to a boil, then lower heat and simmer very slowly until the water has entirely evaporated.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick and fluff the rice gently before serving.

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  1. This was SO easy. I put all the ingredients in my rice cooker and it turned out delicious!
  2. I enjoyed this rice very much. The color is lovely too. I served it with Moroccan Chicken Thighs #169666. The combo was terrific and I will make both together again!! Thanks!
  3. this was good added 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger to complete malay challenge
  4. Just like the rice they serve at one of my favorite local dining spots, one of the few South African restaurants in the US. The raisins and cinnamon give the rice a light sweetness that does indeed pair well with bobotie. I served mine with Baked Chicken with Special Raspberry Sauce (Recipe #49047), another fruited meat entree. This would be especially nice with a sprinkle of toasted almonds on top.


  1. I am Cape Malay and for a more authentic/traditional (sweet) yellow rice, you would cook your rice, cinnamon, salt, turmeric and a few cardamom pods together until done. Then you would add butter and 1 tbsp (or more - to taste) to your cooked rice and stir it through. Put a teeny bit of water and your lid back on and steam for a few more minutes until the sugar has melted.


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