Easter Weekend 2019 Special: Tumeric Rice

Easter is one of the many festivals in Nigeria. It is held to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and to celebrate his resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday.

Easter symbolizes new life, fertility, and rebirth in many cultures around the world. Like Christmas, Easter celebration has many associations with food.

Read Also: Good Friday Meal: Nigerian Frejon Recipe

My Easter Weekend 2019 special is Tumeric Rice.  Not only is it healthy and delicious, but it’s super easy to cook. What I love about this dish besides how easy it is to prepare is the color.

However you want to use it: curry (Turmeric is actually what gives curry powder it’s color.) or turmeric, the yellowish hue that is achieved is very striking.

You can take it up a step further with the addition of veggies and make into a fried rice version also known as turmeric fried rice or you can decide to make turmeric coconut rice, curry rice, or even turmeric rice instead. It all depends on you.

Turmeric in recent years has received quite a number of publicity. So what is Turmeric?

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a rhizome, the stem or roots of a plant that goes underground. Turmeric plant and ginger are in the same rhizome family. It is also a spice used mainly in Asian cuisine and is primarily used in India for curry dishes.

Tumeric powder made from the root is bright yellow with a peppery, bitter flavor and a mild fragrance. This vibrant turmeric spice doesn’t only give food a striking color but it also has so many health benefits.

Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric contains curcumin, which allegedly contains anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immune-boosting health benefits.

It is commonly referred to as The Queen of Spices. Turmeric is rich in potassium, calcium, Vitamin K, sodium, iron, vitamin C, E, niacin, zinc, magnesium and more.

Turmeric spice is great in chicken curries, smoothies (best prepared with fresh turmeric), salad, stir fry, rice dishes, in soups, sautéing meat, and stews, and even as Tumeric tea

Tumeric alias Yellow Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup Long grain parboiled rice
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf dried
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1½ tsp ground turmeric

How to Make Turmeric Rice

  1. First, rinse rice until water runs clear and then drain the water.
  2. Secondly, add olive oil and butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
  3. Next, add onion and garlic when the butter is melted and sauté onions and garlic till fragrant.
  4. Then add your rice and turmeric powder and combine well.
  5. After that, put in the chicken stock and bay leaf and cover the pan. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat when it starts boiling and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  7. Remove from heat and allow sitting for 5 minutes. Take away the bay leaf, fluff with a fork and serve.

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Hope you’re enjoying the Easter holidays. Thanks for visiting 9jafoods today.

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Easter Food: Tumeric rice
Easter Food: Tumeric rice

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