Turmeric Ginger Rice Pilaf

By Samantha Binkley

This is a beautiful one-pot meal that tastes amazing. It’s great alone or you can pair it with a protein like tofu, chicken or fish. I was inspired by a similar recipe on Bonappetit that uses turmeric in rice much the same way. I used Healthy On You® Here Comes the Yum Spice Blend. It’s packed with flavor and healthy goodness from the spices and the addition of coconut milk.

If you have vegetables on hand, add them to the mix. I happened to have broccoli and swiss chard from the garden, but if you have spinach or kale, those would work perfectly in this recipe.

The great thing too is that the ingredients are items that you may find in your pantry already. So when you need to use up some of your pantry staples, reach for this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups

    White rice

  • 1 cup

    coconut milk

  • 2 cups

    chicken stock

  • 2  tbsp
  • pinch of saffron threads (optional, but if you have...)

  • 2 tbsp

    coconut oil

  • ¼ cup

    diced onion

  • 2 cloves

    garlic, minced

  • 1 cup

    pre-cooked lentils

  • 3 cups

    chopped greens like swiss chard, kale, collards etc. 

  • 1 cup

    chopped broccoli

  •  tsp

    Sea salt and¼ tsp ground pepper plus more for tasting.

  • ¼ cup

    Shredded coconut for garnish

  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Preparation

  1. In a cast iron dutch oven, saute the onion in coconut oil until soft and translucent.

  2. Add the minced garlic and cook with the onions for two minutes. 

  3. Meanwhile: soak the saffron in 2 tbsp warm water and allow the liquid to color bright orange-two minutes.

  4. Season the onions and garlic with the Here Comes the Yum Turmeric Ginger Spice, sea salt and pepper.

  5. Add the coconut milk, chicken stock, and saffron with the liquid to the seasoned onions and garlic.

  6. Add the rice stir well. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

  7. Uncover and add the cooked lentils and stir well. Lay the broccoli and swiss chard on top and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes.

  8. Rice is cooked when rice grains are tender and dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with shredded coconut and sesame seeds.