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Turmeric Rice Recipe

A container with yellow turmeric powder and dried chickpeas
Turmeric Rice with Chickpeas Recipe


Hello my friends, some interest was shown in the recipe for turmeric rice I cooked a few days ago. I added turmeric and cumin seeds as I love the flavor of cumin seeds.

So here goes,


1 cup rice (I like Jasmine)

1 1/2 cups water or stock of your choice

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 can drained chickpeas

1/2 cup mixed vegetables, if you like

2 large cloves of garlic chopped

1 onion chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

salt, and pepper to taste


                                        Turmeric and cumin seasoned rice.


  • Add oil to skillet and heat.
  • Place onions and garlic to cook, once softened add cumin seeds to bloom (1 minute).
  • Add 1 teaspoon turmeric to cook, stirring constantly (do not allow to burn).
  • Add celery, salt, pepper, etc and any meat of your choice to sear at this time.
  • Finally add rice, stirring to allow to coat with seasonings and to fry for another minute.
  • Next add any other desired seasonings and your water or stock to pot.
  • Check flavor and allow rice to cook 2/3 way through.
  • Add chickpeas.
  • Lower flame and cover to allow rice to be complete cooking.
  • Serve according to your liking.

Update: September 2020 — I made turmeric rice and decided to post an update picture.

Turmeric rice with shrimp, steamed okra and mushrooms simmering in a pot.
Image credit: Justpene


Yellow rice cooked with turmeric in a white plate decorated with grape tomatoes and steamed okra.
Turmeric Rice with cumin seeds,  shrimp, mushrooms and Lima beans. Image credit: Justpene


Once rice has completely cooked and is still warm I added the bits of bacon and my spring onions.

The cumin seeds provide another dimension of flavor, when you bite the seeds they add  beautiful texture as well as taste.

I hope you like it.

Bon appetit!

I hope you enjoy!



27 thoughts on “Turmeric Rice Recipe

  1. I love Tumeric! Thank you for posting this recipe. I will try it.

    1. So glad to make your acquaintance, of course tweak it to suit your taste.
      God bless you.

  2. Food is said to enter through the eyes. Well, it is very good here. The photo invites you to try your rice recipe because the dish looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You are quite welcome.

  3. sounds very Indian, I love these flavours!

  4. Thank you for posting the recipe! I definitely plan on trying it soon!
    I added turmeric and cumin seeds to fresh asparagus chopped small, sliced water chestnuts, salsa, and sausage a few days ago. I put in a couple of ounces of water and put the lid on just long enough to steam the asparagus. Then I added a bunch of eggs and stirred up an amazing omelette! I folded in 3 slices of Gouda cheese at the last minute. I could see in my husband’s eyes that he really liked it! And I did too!

    1. Great. I have never tried Gouda cheese. I will try it soon. The cumin seeds I think enhances the flavors as when cooking curry cumin seeds and garam masala are a must.
      Your meal sounds delicious and healthy.

      1. Which kind of curry do you use the garam masala in? I bought some once, I think for Indian lamb Curry, and it’s just sitting in my cabinet not being used.
        My son has been convincing me to get a lot of cans of water chestnuts. And I have the asparagus in the garden. But the family gets tired of eating it plain. So I decided to try it in other ways. When I cut it up small and had the spices with it, you couldn’t even tell that the asparagus was there, that is, there was no distinguishable asparagus flavor.
        I first ate Gouda cheese when I lived overseas. I don’t usually buy it because I normally try to eat dairy free, but I bought it on a whim the last time I went shopping. It was really good in the omelette.

        1. I use the “Indi” brand.
          This one great for chicken and seafood.
          I grew up using it in Guyana, we have a large Indian population, I have tried other brands, but do not like the taste. There is another brand that is better for “heavier meats” like beef, lamb etc.

          1. Sorry, but I tried to check this link, and it isn’t working.
            I tried a variation of your recipe tonight using hamburger and water instead of chick peas and stock. I also added some ginger and 2 cardamom pods. I used chopped asparagus instead of mixed vegetables. It was very good.
            I still want to try it with the chick peas and stock like you did.

            1. You can try amazon and look for the “indi curry powder” and try a smaller pack.
              Your version sounds very good.

              1. Sounds good! Thanks!

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe sis. It’s great. I took screenshots of it. 😊

    1. I am still waiting on your coconut rice. 👍

      1. Smiles. I don’t have it yet. I might have to check online. I haven’t on my own actually. It’s just been when my big sis makes it. But I will anytime I’m able to. 🤗

        1. Ok, lol.

  6. Hmmm sounds delicious. You have inspired me. I have leftover mince and I am going to cook turmeric rice to have with it👍💕

    1. Sounds like healthy fun.

  7. This looks so good!!! Another way to use turmeric…I’ll keep in mind.

    1. Thank you for visiting, good morning.

  8. I love chickpeas but have never thought about adding it to rice. Thanks for the great idea! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. They are good together. Thanks for checking it out.

  9. Always looking for ways to use turmeric. I am also a fan of chickpeas. Thinking this is my “try something new this week” goal! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hope you like it. It is quite delicious. Thanks for reading.

  10. What a healthy meal!! 😋

  11. Love the ingredients! Great post!

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