Yellow Rice: A cheerful side dish!

When I was little, a favorite side dish at my house was yellow rice. Do you know the kind? It comes in a bright yellow, shiny bag. It’s delicious, but it’s also full of MSG and other processed ingredients.

Yellow rice. This batch was made without saffron.

Not too long ago, I had an epiphany of sorts while wandering the aisle of the grocery store. I decided to make rice with coconut milk and turmeric, all ingredients I stock in my vegan pantry. The result was delicious, and it made me think of that childhood favorite side dish. Plus, all of the ingredients are real, and this recipe is allergy friendly!

You have the added bonus of incorporating two ingredients known for their health benefits: coconut and turmeric.

Here’s how to make it:

Yellow Rice

Ingredients for yellow rice


  • 1 cup white rice. (I typically keep basmati on hand.)
  • 1 can coconut milk (regular or light, your preference) plus enough water to make 2 cups liquid
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garlic or onion salt or powder OR an frozen crushed garlic cube
  • 1 tsp salt, plus additional after cooking, to taste
  • If you happen to have saffron, you can add a healthy pinch of this to the mix as well, but it’s not necessary.
Adding coconut milk/water mixture to dry rice.
Rice before cooking with all spices added, including a pinch of saffron. Saffron isn’t necessary, but does add another flavor note.


Place all ingredients in a medium to large saucepan and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook for time specified for your variety of rice (usually 15 mins for white rice.) Stir and serve! Makes enough for 4-6 generous servings.

Rice after cooking.

Try it garnished with chopped green onion or chives. This makes a great accompaniment to roasted veggies, tofu, or beans.

I will continue to create and post dishes which rely on vegan pantry staples as we continue to quarantine from the coronavirus. If you try this dish, let me know! I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, Goodr, Noxgear, and Switch4Good.

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