Serve Aromatic Thai Yellow Rice as a Unique and Tasty Side Dish

Serve Aromatic Thai Yellow Rice as a Unique and Tasty Side Dish

Thai yellow rice is delicious and simple to make. The yellow comes from turmeric, a great substitute for saffron. Serve as a tasty side dish.
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  • Serves: 5 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Set a deep pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl around. Then add the onion, garlic, and chili. Stir-fry to release the fragrance—about 1 minute.
  3. Step 3

    Next add the red pepper and tomato. Stir-fry 1 more minute.
  4. Step 4

    Add the rice and stir to coat.
  5. Step 5

    Then pour in the stock and turn heat to high.
  6. Step 6

    Add the lime juice , fish sauce, turmeric, and saffron (if using). Stir well.
  7. Step 7

    When the stock begins to bubble, cover tightly with a lid and reduce heat to low. Let rice cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until all or most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  8. Step 8

    Remove the lid and fold in the peas, giving the rice a gentle stir as you do so.
  9. Step 9

    Replace the lid and leave the rice to sit over the same hot burner (with the heat off) for at least 10 minutes, or until you're ready to eat. The residual heat inside the pot will help any remaining liquid absorb and finish cooking the rice; it will also nicely cook the frozen peas. Rice will stay warm in this way for 1 hour or more (great for making ahead of time).
  10. Step 10

    Remove the lid and fluff rice with fork or chopsticks. Taste, adding a sprinkling of salt if needed.
  11. Step 11

    Top with a little fresh basil.
  12. Step 12

    Serve and enjoy!