Yellow Rice Recipe

This is a traditional South African recipe, which comes from the great culinary tradition of the Cape Malays -- originally brought in as slaves in the 17th century. It's easy and plain, but great with meats like venison, corned beef tongue or any meat with gravy. Also usually served with Bobotie: There is a good recipe by Caryn on this site.
Yellow Rice picture


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time35 Min
Ready In45 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings4
Main Ingredient


 Long grain white rice1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Turmeric1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, ground
 White sugar3 Tablespoon
 Ground cinnamon1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Black raisins1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Butter1 Tablespoon
 Water2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 345 Calories from Fat 31

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4 g5.4%

Saturated Fat 2.1 g10.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 8.1 mg

Sodium 253.2 mg10.6%

Total Carbohydrates 73 g24.4%

Dietary Fiber 2.8 g11.3%

Sugars 33.1 g

Protein 4 g8.5%

Vitamin A 1.9% Vitamin C 0.85%

Calcium 2.4% Iron 6.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


In a saucepan, combine the rice, salt, turmeric, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, butter and water. Bring to a boil uncovered. When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until rice is fluffy and water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Keep warm until serving time.



abbigay says :

i love it
Posted on: 3 May 2011 - 8:20pm

Anonymous says :

its origin isnt african, its from the indo malay people
Posted on: 8 September 2010 - 2:51pm
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Ganesh Dutta says :

Hey Lerena, I just want to know that how this African yellow rice is different from South Asian Cuisine.
Posted on: 10 April 2008 - 1:08pm
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sfehmi says :

Cant make out what the red stuff is in the Rice - cant be black raisins -
Posted on: 16 August 2007 - 10:41pm