Turmeric Almond Rice

Turmeric Almond Rice

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 20 mins | Total: 30 mins

Total Carbs: 45g (approx.)

Total Calories: 250 (approx.)


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)
  • A pinch of saffron (optional)


  1. Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the rinsed rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil or ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they start to sizzle and become fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  5. Stir in the turmeric powder, ground coriander, and a pinch of saffron if using. Cook for another minute, allowing the spices to release their aroma.
  6. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and add it to the skillet with the sautéed aromatics and spices. Mix well to ensure the rice is evenly coated with the turmeric mixture.
  7. In a separate small skillet, toast the sliced almonds over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  8. Add the toasted almonds to the rice and mix well. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. If desired, stir in the chopped fresh parsley or cilantro for a burst of freshness.
  9. Transfer the Turmeric Almond Rice to a serving dish and enjoy it as a vibrant and flavourful side dish. This dish pairs well with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or your favourite curry.

This recipe is:

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Contains nuts

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