South Africa Yellow Rice


This traditional South African rice is usually served with the Cape Malay dish called Bototie, but it can also be a fantastic complement to a variety of curries, any meat with gravy, or kebab such as Suya.

Prep Time:  5 minutes      Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup dark seedless raisins
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • Toasted silvered almonds (optional)


  • Add water to a sauce pan. Bring water to a boil.
  • Add turmeric, cinnamon, salt, sugar, butter, and raisin. Stirring until ingredients are blended well.
  • Add rice and cover. Reduce heat to a low simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until rice are fluffy and water has been absorbed.  Alternatively, simply put the mixture into a rice cooker until done
  • Fluff rice gently and sprinkle with almonds before serving.

South Africa Yellow Rice (far view)


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