Masala rice


Healthy turmeric gives the rice its yellow hue. This rice recipe is definitely worth adding to your spice rack.


  • 4 cups cooked cold jasmine rice or basmati rice
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ground cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice 
  • yogurt and lime wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Put the rice into a bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar, stir and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Cook, stirring, about 10 seconds. Add the onion and serrano. Cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the coriander, turmeric and cayenne, to taste. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. 
  3. Put the rice into the skillet. Add the kosher salt and mix well. Add the water, cover and cook about 3 minutes
  4. Remove the rice from the heat and stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Serve with yogurt and lime wedges. 

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