Spicy Turmeric Fried Rice

prep time: 10 MINUTES cook time: 25 MINUTES total time: 35 MINUTES

Spicy Turmeric Rice – a tasty side dish that goes well with everything from grilled fish to BBQ pork chops; terrific with added back beans in burritos too.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups water, chicken stock or vegetable stock.
  • 1/2 tsp salt, do not add salt if the stock is already salted
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil or olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red pepper, diced small
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika, or smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Bring the water (& salt) or stock to a boil and stir in the rice. Cover and simmer on minimum heat for 15 – 18 minutes or until the liquid is all but disappeared.
  2. Remove from heat but do not take off the cover. Let stand, covered for 5 minutes before cuffing the rice with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile in a wok or large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and red pepper and sauté until the onions soften but do not brown.
  4. Add the pepper, salt, turmeric, paprika, cumin and chili powder and saute with the onions and peppers for a minute before adding the cooked rice to the pan.
  5. Stir fry on high for just a few minutes until the rice is thoroughly heated and coated with the spices. Serve immediately.
  6. Garnish with chopped chives or green onion if you like.
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