Turmeric Rice by Madhur Jaffrey

"This simple, yet tasty rice dish is from a book I got in a sale a long time ago. I liked this dish as it used things I had to hand and had a similar taste to rice in a local curry house. The flavour is delicate and not in the least overpowering so will go well with most dishes. I have used leftovers in a stir fry and it was just as good."
photo by Frugal Fifer photo by Frugal Fifer
photo by Frugal Fifer
Ready In:




  • Put the rice in a bowl and wash in several changes of water.
  • Drain and leave in a strainer set over a bowl.
  • Put the oil in a heavy based saucepan and set over a medium high heat. When the oil is hot and beginning to bubble, put in the cloves, bay leaf, cardamom pods and cinnamon. Stir once or twice and put in the garlic.
  • As soon as the garlic turns medium brown put in the rice, turmeric and salt. Stir gently for a minute. Now add the water and bring to the boil. Cover tightly, turn the heat down to very, very low and cook for 20 minutes. Stir the rice with a fork to separate the grains and serve garnished with chives or spring onions.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Spice Princess
    I have the book that this recipe came from and have been making it for a couple years now -- one of my favorites! I always use brown basmati rice and a lot less salt than called for. Maybe I am a dork for saying this, but I get so excited when I find recipes on this site from books that I own. It makes me really aware of how connected we all can be through good food, wherever we are in the world.
  2. jo_frankenberger
    I doubled the cloves, garlic and turmeric because I know I love those spices / flavours and garnished the top with crispy slow cooked onions, it turned out amazing. Would make this again in a heartbeat. Its going to be staple recipe going forward. We ate it with a vegetarian curry and home made flatbreads. Bomb dinner!
  3. lynnski  LA
    A mild but great tasting dish. I served the rice with Indian Cabbage and Carrots which is also on this site. They make a tasty combination. Thanks Frugal Fifer.
  4. SolightlyUK
    Pretty rice side dish. I reduced the oil to 2 T but made no other changes. Very tasty! I served this with chicken breasts cooked under the broiler with cinnamon, a little cayenne and lime juice.
  5. Mia in Germany
    Very good rice that I'll make again! Maybe next time I'd only use two cloves - personal preference, I don't like tasting them :) Thanks for sharing! Made for PAC Spring 2010.


<p style=text-align: center;><img title=Ornament swap 2012 src=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/tiggrr34/HolidayOrnamentSwap2012Tag.jpg alt=Ornament swap 2012 width=392 height=92 />I am a Busy Mum to 3 girls and work as a Pupil Support Assistant in a mainstream Primary school. I love my job and find it both challenging and rewarding. I enjoy cooking and have, after a period of low enthusiasm, started to cook more and more new recipes that I have found online. I am working on a ring binder of recipes so the children can be more involved in the food they eat and will hopefully create our perfect cookbook of food we all love.<img src=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/Adopted1smp.jpg border=0 alt=Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket /> <br /><img src=http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b158/bella_donata/My%20Art/Recipezaar/goldsparkle.png border=0 alt=Made by Bella14ragazza /> <br /><a href=http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v51/tiggrr34/?action=view&amp;current=HolidayOrnamentSwapTag2c-1-1-1.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/tiggrr34/HolidayOrnamentSwapTag2c-1-1-1.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket /> <br /> <br /></a><a href=http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/angelamtch/1a511f23-1.gifborder=> <br /> <br /></a><a href=http://s201.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/angelamtch/?action=view&amp;current=1a511f23-1.gif target=_blank><img src=http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/angelamtch/1a511f23-1.gif border=0 alt=Photobucket /> <br /> <br /><img src=http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr266/Acadia/Banners/HolidayCardSwapBannerP-1.jpg alt= /></a></p>
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes