Bowl of turmeric rice garnished with fresh cilantro
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Mediterranean Yellow Rice

Mediterranean Yellow Rice is seasoned with garlic, cumin, and cilantro. Easy to make in 30 minutes, this turmeric rice pairs well with any entree.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 235kcal
Author Amy Katz




  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and saute until softened and slightly translucent.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper, and rice to the pot. Stir frequently for a couple of minutes until the rice starts to look translucent.
  • Stir in the water and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and allow the rice to gently simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. 
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Lift up the lid and lay a clean dish towel over the top. Replace the lid on top of the towel and allow the rice to steam for 5-10 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and fold in the pine nuts and cilantro. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper, as needed. Serve.


Leftover rice can be refrigerated for a week. Reheat in a microwave or in a pot on the stove with a little water.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg