What is the all hype about turmeric rice? The answer is science, read more here.

Trivia time: how do you pronounce turmeric?

It is pronounced: tur mr uhk (the first r can be pronounced or silent-both are correct)

Not only is turmeric rice a beautiful side dish with it’s vibrant yellow color, but turmeric can also help fight inflammation! 

How so?  First, I am going to have to add some fancy chemistry word:

  • curcumin

More trivia time: how do you pronounce curcumin?

It is pronounced: kur kyuh muhn

Curcumin is the magic compound in the turmeric spice that gives it a bright yellow color. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice.  Anti-inflammatory ingredients help reduce heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, digestive issues and Alzheimer’s disease.

We have several other recipes that also include turmeric as an ingredient.  Take a look at these anti-inflammatory recipes:

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Are you ready to cook some turmeric rice? All you need is some oil, garlic, shallot, rice, chicken broth and of course turmeric.  If you want to make this recipe vegan, all you need to do is to substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.  We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Turmeric Rice

Not only is turmeric rice a beautiful side dish with it's vibrant yellow color, but turmeric can also help fight inflammation!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Budget-friendly, Easy, Kid-friendly, Whole grain
Condition: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Nut Free
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp turmeric


  • Heat oil in a medium pot over medium high-heat. Add garlic and shallot and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add rice, chicken broth, and turmeric and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Let simmer until rice is tender, about 18-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and serve.


Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g

Blog reviewed and updated January 2021.

An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.