Coconut Turmeric Rice

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This turmeric coconut rice is an easy, flavorful side dish.  Coconut milk and turmeric are used to infuse flavor.


Tips to make good rice

I remember when I used to think “cooking rice was easy” boy was I wrong. However, I have screwed up MANY a pots of rice in my day.  Either by overcooking it and having a pot of mush or undercooking and burning it I have done it all!  Then over the years I figured out the problem, not all rice is the same cooking.  Since not all rice has a two to one liquid ratio it’s important to pay attention to the cooking direction.  Once I figured that out I hardly ever screw up the rice.  But getting good FLAVOR in it takes some work.

So here are my tips for a great tasting rice:

  1. Know the liquid to rice ratio – some are 2:1 some are 1.5:1. so be sure to check your bag of rice for the ratios
  2. Replace water for broth – broth has so much more flavor than rice and when the rice is cooking it soaks up this flavor
  3. Use a little fat – butter, ghee, a little olive oil, it honestly makes the rice taste so much better
  4. Use some aromatics – garlic cloves, fresh herbs, salt & pepper, ginger, onion, etc. I leave my aromatics in larger pieces so I can just pick them out when the rice is done

This rice is the perfect side dish to go with any Indian dish.  I always pair this turmeric coconut rice when I make this Tiki masala recipe.  Additionally some stir fried veggies on top or a grilled piece of fish or chicken would go great as well.

So the next time you need a new side dish be sure to try this coconut turmeric rice. Also remember, if you try this recipe be sure to rate it and leave a comment below and let me know how you like it. Or tag me on Instagram!

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Coconut Turmeric Rice

  • Author: Karissa P
  • Total Time: 25M
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


This turmeric coconut rice is an easy, flavorful side dish.  Coconut milk and turmeric are used to infuse flavor.


Units Scale
  • 2 c basmati rice
  • 3.5 c broth (veggie or chicken)
  • 1/2 TBS tumeric
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger cut in chunks, no need to peel
  • 4 cloves of garlic cut in half
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1/2 c full fat canned coconut milk, use the solid fat that forms on top of the can too for extra creaminess



  1. In a fine strainer, rinse your rice under cold water until water runs clear (30 seconds to a minute) set aside
  2. Check your brand of rice.  Most basmati rices have a 2:1 ratio meaning two cups of liquid for every cup of rice.  If yours is less or more adjust the amount of broth accordingly.
  3. Next place all ingredients except rice in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.  Season well with salt.  A dash of white pepper is good in this recipe as well.
  4. Then add in the rice, turn heat to low and cook according to the package instructions 
  5. Finally once the rice is cooked fluff with fork and serve
  • Prep Time: 5M
  • Cook Time: 20M



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