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bowl of South African yellow rice
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5 from 2 votes

South African yellow rice

This easy and tasty side dish is the classic accompaniment to bobotie, but works well with much more.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 4
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 1 cup basmati rice 200g
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoon raisins or sultanas/golden raisins
  • 2 cup water 480ml


  • Rinse the rice well under running water until the water runs clear. Alternatively, put in a pot/bowl and cover with water, agitate the rice with your hands then drain. Repeat at least once.
  • Put the rinsed rice in a pot with the oil, sugar, turmeric and raisins. Pour in the water, stir to mix everything together then cover the pot.
  • Place the pot over a medium-high heat to bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and allow to cook until all of the water has been absorbed, around 10minutes. Stir to mix before serving.


You can make this with other white, ideally long grain, rice, but I'd recommend basmati if possible. 


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg