Sultana Yellow Rice with Turmeric & Curry

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Need a side dish that complements just about any meal? This South Africa's rice gets its vibrant yellow color from turmeric and curry, and its sweet note from sultanas.

Sultana Yellow Rice

Need a side dish that complements just about any meal? This South Africa’s rice gets its vibrant yellow color from turmeric and curry, and its sweet note from sultanas. It has a fragrant, wonderful aroma that is not overpowering and makes a great accompaniment to any meat or beans dish.

 

Yellow rice is traditionally served with bobotie but it’s also the perfect side for a holiday meal.

 

Honestly, I made the yellow rice just to fully experience traditional South Africa’s meal but didn’t think I’d like it. I only like raisins in my cookies but sultanas are a total game changer. Sultana is a seedless white grape variety.  When dried, sultanas (mainly produced in Turkey) are golden in color and tend to be much plumper, sweeter, and juicier than other raisins. 

 

I’ve been a fan of turmeric and curry for years. Turmeric is a powerful spice with a large list of uses and benefits. It is best known for its antioxidant, but studies show it may help fight infections, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. I love to season my chicken with turmeric and curry for roasting. It gives a wonderful aroma and the skin gets such a beautiful deep golden color.  Yellow rice is a great side for chicken as well. A firework of delicious flavors!

 

Try adding turmeric to vegetables before roasting or sautéeing. A little goes a long way and if you think you won’t use up a whole package anytime soon, consider buying it in bulk. Health stores like Whole Foods or Fresh Thyme offer spices you can buy by spoons, jars, or whatever amount you need. It’s also useful for making your own spice blends.

 

If you’re new to sultanas, now you have a yummy reason to purchase them. They are truly the golden ingredient in this rice recipe. My family loves it and I’m certain, you will too. 🙂

 

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Sultana Yellow Rice with Turmeric & Curry Recipe

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This sultana yellow rice gets its vivid color from turmeric and curry.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • Substitute sultanas with raisins, which are less sweet. 
  • You can omit the brown sugar if you wish.

 

ESSENTIALS

for Sultana Yellow Rice


 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to turn opaque.
  3. Add sultanas, turmeric, curry, and sugar and stir until well mixed in.
  4. Slowly stir in chicken broth and raise heat to medium-high. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  6. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

 

Ingredients for sultana yellow rice

Yellow rice with sultanas - South African style recipe

5 from 4 votes
A bowl of sultana yellow rice
Sultana Yellow Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
South Africa's sultana yellow rice with turmeric and curry has a fragrant, wonderful aroma and is a great accompaniment to just about any meal.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed & drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to turn opaque.
  3. Add sultanas, turmeric, curry, and sugar and stir until well mixed in.
  4. Slowly stir in chicken broth and raise heat to medium-high. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  6. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • Substitute sultanas with raisins, which are less sweet.
  • You can omit the brown sugar if you wish.

 

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26 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kimberly
    March 27, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks yummy and healthy. I’ll must try this one.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 29, 2018 at 9:25 am

      Thanks, Kimberly! 🙂

  2. Reply
    sheri
    March 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    there is a yellow rice from
    south Carolina I think you would really enjoy

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Where can I find the recipe, Sheri? 🙂

  3. Reply
    Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    March 21, 2018 at 10:05 am

    This rice looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy! Pinned!
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      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you.

  4. Reply
    Petra
    March 19, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    It looks delicious and so perfectly fluffy! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 19, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks, Petra! Fluffy describes it well 🙂

  5. Reply
    Miz Helen
    March 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Your Sultana Yellow Rice with Turmeric Curry looks delicious I am pinning this one! Have a great first week of spring and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with FULL PLATE THURSDAY!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      March 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

  6. Reply
    Teresa
    March 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I love turmeric and curry so this rice sounds right up my alley. Like you though, I’m not too sure about the raisins, but I’ll trust you and give them a try! Thank you for sharing on Party in Your PJ’s. Pinned!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 19, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      you can omit raisins, Teresa, but I highly recommend them. 🙂

  7. Reply
    laura
    March 19, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Mmmmm I pinned this! I love using Sultanas in cooking.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 19, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      They add just a perfect amount of sweetness. Thanks for pinning!

  8. Reply
    Life Diet Health
    March 17, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Jas what a colourful dish of rice – and that dish is gorgeous too! We love the Turkish sultanas and I think this rice would also work well with Turkish black currants (they plump up lovely too). Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday (I think I missed your links?)
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      Jas
      March 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      I have yet to try the black currants. Putting in on my shopping list now. Thank you, Laurena!

  9. Reply
    Donna Reidland
    March 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    This looks so good. I love flavored rice.
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 16, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you, Donna!

  10. Reply
    Jenny
    March 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    We love rice at our house and this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you, Jenny. 🙂

  11. Reply
    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    March 12, 2018 at 2:40 am

    This looks so pretty, Jas. I am sure it tastes delicious!! Thanks for sharing! x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      It does, but don’t take my word for it, lol. 😉

  12. Reply
    Hilda
    March 12, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I have all the ingredients except the sultana. I have raisins to substitute so I will try this soon!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Great, Hilda! Raisins work too. 🙂

  13. Reply
    Clare @Budget Mums
    March 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Yum! That looks so good. It reminds me a little bit of a rice salad my Nan used to make 🙂
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      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you, Clare!

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