Yellow rice


Fruits and Veggies Matter Child Recipe Cards by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public domain government resource—original source of recipe

Indians eat rice with many meals. Pay careful attention when preparing this recipe to discover which spice causes the rice to turn yellow.

  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 4



  1. In a fresh 3-quart saucepan over moderate heat, heat oil; add the onion and the potato. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add water, rice, salt, cumin seeds, and turmeric; over high heat, heat to boiling.
  3. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until rice and potatoes are tender. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, just mix with chickpeas. Serve hot and plain but pair this turmeric-based rice dish with other main dishes.


Basmati rice is a special, toasty-flavored Indian rice. Now, it is also grown in the United States. If you don’t find it at the supermarket, use regular, long-grain rice.

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