South African Yellow Rice


"This is a traditional South African recipe, which comes from the great culinary tradition of the Cape Malays -- originally brought in as slaves in the 17th century. It's easy and plain, but great with meats like venison, corned beef tongue or any meat with gravy. Also usually served with Bobotie: There is a good recipe by Caryn on this site."


45 m servings 296 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 296 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 3.4 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 63.5g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 316 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a saucepan, combine the rice, salt, turmeric, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, butter and water. Bring to a boil uncovered. When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until rice is fluffy and water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Keep warm until serving time.
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  1. 44 Ratings


This dish was really sweet and I only used 2/3 of the sugar. I also served it with Bobotie which was also quite sweet so the combination was overpowering. Maybe it should have been 3 teaspoons i...

Super Delicious! So glad I tried this recipe! I used Sucanat instead of sugar, in the same qty listed. I also used some vegetable broth for some of the water and added a handful of cashew nuts...

Very good and easy. I just threw all of the ingredients into the rice cooker.

I made this with a north African chicken dish, and it was good. After reading some other reviewers' comments that they found it somewhat sweet, I made 1 serving ahead of time, and based on that,...

I must admit I was a bit nervous about the raisins in rice but it was so delicious. I used brown sugar in place of white sugar and served it with African Curry Chicken. My kids thought it looked...

This was very good. My only complaint is that I don't think the turmeric dissolved well and some bites were a bit chalky. This might of been my fault, since I like my rice dry and only used 1....

I recently attended a dinner party at a colleague's house. He is from South Africa and made this dish and was excellent. Compared to his version, this was a bit sweeter, but pretty close. It was...

I made in in the rice cooker, as a previous poster did. It turned out wonderful. This was delicious! This recipe is going into our regular rotation.

This recipe was good, but the spices took from the rice its self.