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Cooked golden spiced turmeric rice in while bowl with two star anise on top

Spiced Turmeric Rice

Spiced Turmeric Rice is a quick and healthy recipe to add lots of flavor to your basic white rice. The gorgeous yellow boasts this rice star ingredient, turmeric, while the other spices of ginger, cardamom, and clove play the supporting roles deliciously.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian American Fusion
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 241kcal
Author Ashley


  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water or broth
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 star anise
  • ½ tsp. grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp. ground clove
  • 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Lime juice
  • Salt


  • Add rice to medium sized pot along with water, turmeric, start anise, ginger, cardamom, and clove.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to low simmer and cover with lid.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from heat and continue to keep covered for additional 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove lid. Using a fork, gently fluff rice. Add in 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil. Season to taste using the salt and lime juice.


Note: This rice can also be made in rice cooker or instant pot. For Instant pot, decrease liquid from three to two cups. Your rice to liquid ratio should be the same. All other directions and ingredients stay the same. For your rice cooker, follow your normal process for rice to liquid ratio and then stir in other ingredients except for the lime juice, coconut oil, and salt. Season with those after rice is finished cooking just as in the main recipe.