In an effort to reduce the consumption of processed food, I’ve been researching homemade alternatives to foods I used to buy pre-packaged, especially things like boxed rice and canned beans. Yellow rice is one of my favorite meal sides, and until recently I alternated between buying the Zatarain’s and Mahatma brands. One day I decided to check the nutrition facts and I bugged out at the fact that a single serving of Mahatma Yellow Rice contains 750 mg of sodium. Holy shit! I’m a hearty eater, who usually puts down double servings – which meant I was easily consuming down 1,500+ mg of sodium every time I ate packaged yellow rice.
My research led me to Emeril Lagasse’s yellow rice recipe on the Food Network website, which was delicious without fail after I tested three times. If you enjoy yellow rice try this recipe – trust me, you’ll never have to buy the box brands again!
- ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Pinch cinnamon
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup long grain or basmati rice
- 2 tablespoons sliced scallions to garnish (optional)
In a medium heavy saucepan, heat turmeric, cumin and cinnamon over low heat for 30 seconds, stirring frequently until fragrant. Add butter, water, and salt. Bring to boil.
Add rice to saucepan, switch to low heat and cover. Cook for 18 minutes. Turn off fire and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff and serve hot, garnished with green onion. Yields ~ 4 servings.
Have you ever tried homemade yellow rice? Share in the comments!