With its golden hue, this Turmeric Yellow Rice is made heartier with Fall-inspired vegetables like butternut squash and leafy kale for the perfect side dish or lunch!
Heat oil in large saucepan set over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, salt and pepper for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in vegetable broth, butternut squash and turmeric; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Stir in rice; cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in kale; cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until butternut squash is tender, rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
Fluff rice with fork. Stir in lemon juice and sprinkle with parsley.
Use other leafy greens like spinach in place of kale if desired.
Although often considered a simple side dish, this yellow rice is loaded with flavor starting with fragrant Basmati Rice from Mahatma® Rice simmered in spices like onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, salt and pepper along with vegetable broth, butternut squash and kale.
It’s a great vegetarian dish that can be used as a filling lunch or dinner side dish to accompany meats, additional grilled vegetables or serve alongside tacos or wrapped in a burrito.
If you’re looking to add a bit more protein, add in cooked shredded chicken, beef or other plant-based options like garbanzo beans or tofu.
Wondering how yellow rice gets that signature color? Adding turmeric is a great natural way to add a yellow/orange hue to lots of dishes without having to add chemical colors or ingredients with a strong flavor. It’s often considered a superfood because of its beneficial properties as a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that helps to prevent certain diseases. In fact, in some classic rice dishes like this Roasted Harvest Veggie Paella, turmeric is a less expensive alternative to using saffron. Try this tip in another recipe for paella with seafood!
Looking for more ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet? Try this Turmeric Breakfast Rice Bowl for a great way to start the day!