Turmeric Coconut Rice is a lovely side dish that will brighten any plate with its gorgeous, bright golden-yellow color. Recipes using fresh turmeric are aromatic, earthy, and have subtle notes of citrus and ginger.
Inspiration for Turmeric Coconut Rice
My culinary affair with fresh turmeric continues.
I figured since we learned how to use fresh turmeric and take full advantage of it's beauty, flavor and health benefits, we might as well cook with it as much as we can. I hope you're as into it as I am.
I love how you can color food naturally, and add flavor in recipes using fresh turmeric.
What's in this recipe?
- Basmati rice
- olive oil
- jalapeño pepper
- fresh turmeric
- coconut water
What is Turmeric?
- Turmeric is the rhizome of a plant that belongs to the ginger family.
- It's used for flavoring and coloring food, mostly in Asian cooking.
- Originally it was used as a fabric dye.
- Turmeric is also commonly consumed for its medicinal qualities, as it has dozens of known health benefits.
- Turmeric is used in both its dried, powder form, and fresh.
- This is a spice that's almost always found in curry.
I hope you enjoyed the Vegan Tomato-Turmeric Cabbage Stew, which of course I think would be the perfect main course to serve with the Coconut Turmeric Rice.
They will not only compliment each other, but the rice is the perfect thing to soak up any extra sauce from the stew. And every stew needs something to soak up the sauce!
I can't bear to have sauce sitting in my plate without a way to eat it. As an adult, I can't very well be caught licking my plate! 😉
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- I love Basmati rice, but of course feel free to use any rice you like. (Cooking times will vary, depending on the variety you use.)
- Can you use turmeric powder instead of fresh grated turmeric? You can substitute turmeric powder for the fresh turmeric if you'd like. Use about 2 teaspoons of the powder if you're substituting.
- It's delicious to add fresh cilantro, basil or dill to this recipe if you want to change it up a bit.
Recipes using fresh turmeric can change from a humdrum dish to one that exciting and beautiful.
More to serve with Turmeric Coconut Rice:
- Lemony Tomato Caper Marinated Mahi Mahi
- Coconut Curried Smashed Potato Stew
- Baked Coconut Mango Chicken
- Light Spring and Summer Fish Stew
- Smoky Tomato Fish Stew
- Curried Tomato Beef Stew
Enjoy every last grain of this delicious dish -- whatever you decide to serve it with.
Turmeric Coconut Rice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, minced (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons fresh turmeric, finely grated (click here for How to Use Fresh Turmeric) -see notes
- 1½ cups Basmati rice
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups coconut water
- Cook the onion, garlic and pepper. Coat the bottom of a medium-sized soup pot with the olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and jalapeño and cook until the onions are translucent and soft, about 7 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Mix in the turmeric, rice and salt. Stir to be sure all of the grains of rice are coated with the other ingredients. Add the coconut water, and bring to a boil.
- Simmer to finish cooking and serve. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover the pot, and cook until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Serve.
It's so pretty in that purple bowl!!
Thanks so much, Sue! 🙂
Such color! I love fresh turmeric for this reason, and the flavor is so much more earthy. Must try it with the coconut! xx
Thanks, David. I love using coconut water to cook the rice because it's just a bit sweet which is lovely withe the spice from the jalapeño. 🙂
Arthur in the Garden!
Thanks, Arthur! Enjoy. 🙂
Tania | My Kitchen Stories
I'm going to use your inspiration to make some of this golden rice. i have lots of tunmeric in the fridge
Great! Hope you love it! 🙂
Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought
I am going to try this recipe with cauliflower rice. I am loving all your turmeric recipes.
Cathy, that sounds perfect! Thank you! xo
Coco in the Kitchen
This is lovely.
We use turmeric in nearly every dish we make in my family
and, as Persian Armenians, basmati rice is often present at the table.
Can't wait to taste this rendition of yours, Valentina! xo
Your table sounds like it's full of deliciousness, Colette. Love it! xo