This is my own gluten free Turmeric Basmati Rice recipe of the fragrant Malaysian turmeric rice. Besides, we often refer to this dish as yellow rice using basmati rice. Likewise, I tend to use basmati rice on a daily basis. Because it is healthier due to its low Glycaemic Index (GI). The adding of spices like turmeric powder and cumin powder gives the plain old fashion steamed white rice a boost in colour. As well as enormous flavour and taste. This turmeric basmati rice recipe is not only gluten free. It is also vegan, dairy free, nut free, soy free, corn free, egg free.
Turmeric Basmati Rice as a Side Dish
Besides, turmeric basmati rice is extremely delicious when served with hot and spicy dishes. Including Malaysian chicken curry and beef rendang. As well as fried dishes like Chinese lemon chicken, Chinese five spice fried prawns, salt and pepper prawns. And even fried fish or fried chicken. You can also replace coconut rice with turmeric basmati rice for nasi lemak with sambal ikan bilis.
Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) belongs to the ginger or Zingiberaseae family. Besides, they have been using turmeric in Asia for many thousands of years. Mainly in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines, as well as used as colourant for clothing. The curcumin in the turmeric root is the primary pigment that gives turmeric its deep orange colour. Curcumin’s powerful medicinal uses include anti-microbial, anti-flatulent, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Other health benefits include improve brain functions and lowers risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and heart diseases.
Origin and Culinary Uses of Turmeric
Turmeric is native to the sub-Himalayan mountain region. Likewise, farmers grow turmeric extensively in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. The most common use of turmeric is as an essential ingredient in most curry powders. Alternatively, they simply add turmeric to curries or hot and spicy dishes as one of the main ingredients. They normally use turmeric in its dried powdered form or use turmeric fresh like its cousin ginger. There are many culinary uses of turmeric, not only as a spice in curry and stir-fries. Likewise, they use turmeric as a natural colouring agent. In orange juice, sauces, baked goods, canned drinks, yellow cakes, yogurt and ice cream. Plus popcorn tint, cereals, gelatine, dairy product, yellow rice, etc.
Turmeric Basmati Rice
For cooking in rice cooker:
- Wash and rinse the rice and cook in an electric rice cooker by adding all 5 cups of water.
- Then add in the extra virgin olive oil, salt, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder and cumin powder. Mix and incorporate well with the rice and water.
For cooking on the stove:
- Wash and rinse rice and add the rice to a pot with all 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
- Add in the extra virgin olive oil, salt, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder and cumin powder. Stir and mix well. Turn the heat to low and cover with lid. Simmer for around 35 minutes to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked and all the water have reduced.