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Cilantro Yellow Rice

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 40 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

We've found that cooking brown rice like pasta produces the fluffiest grains.


  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 cup brown basmati rice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 132
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 24 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 121 mg
  • calcium 6 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add rice; reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain well.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add rice, pepper, and salt; sauté 2 minutes or until rice is heated. Stir in cilantro and turmeric, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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