Turmeric Coconut Rice


Enjoy this delicious and healthy Turmeric Coconut Rice for your next meal. Brown rice simmered in seasoned coconut milk with onion, garlic, and thyme.

Turmeric Coconut Rice

This is so easy to prepare and in no time, you will have this fancy Turmeric Coconut Rice that is so flavorful, adding an extra special touch to your meal. Onion and garlic are sauteed in coconut oil until fragrant, turmeric, thyme, spring onion and carrots added. Brown rice is stirred in to soak up the flavors and color of the pretty yellow turmeric.  Rice is then slow cooked in coconut milk and vegetable broth for a rich and tasty flavor.

Turmeric Coconut Rice

This dish will certainly become a favorite, it is so tasty that you really could just eat it on its own or add some beans or oven baked tofu cubes at the end of cooking for a delicious one pot meal!

I enjoyed serving it with my Thai Coconut Curry Tofu,  Potatoes and Peas Samosa Muffins and a large salad.

Preparing brown rice this way is one of the best ways to introduce it to someone who has never tried it or one who would love to transition to eating brown rice but is not sure of how to prepare it to be tasty.

Brown rice Vs White Rice:

  1. Brown rice is healthier for you than white rice, it contains more minerals, vitamins, and fiber.
  2. Brown rice is a gluten-free whole grain, it has all the grain- the bran, the germ and the endosperm.
  3. On the other hand, white rice has the germ and bran removed which are the most nutritious parts of the rice.
  4. White rice has very little nutrients and is believed to be an ’empty calorie food’.

This recipe is different from the others you will find out there because it is cooked with a Caribbean flavor.

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For: 8 servings


  1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium high, cook onion and garlic until soft about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in turmeric, green onions, thyme, carrots and cook for a minute stirring constantly.
  3. Add rice and stir until rice is fully coated yellow. Add coconut milk, water or vegetable broth, cayenne pepper and salt. (Make sure you add enough salt until it is flavorful).
  4. Bring to boil, cover and reduce to simmer on low for 50 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat and keep covered for about 10 minutes.
  5. Fluff with a fork, stir in cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime juice.

Recipe notes

  1. I prefer to use Basmati, Jasmine or any long grain brown rice for a flakier rice. Short grain rice will most likely be too sticky.
  2. I usually cover the pot with a sheet of parchment paper underneath the pot cover to seal the pot and allow the rice to cook faster and flakier instead of being soggy.
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Turmeric Coconut Rice

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    I absolutely love this recipe, so many healthy ingredients and so much flavor!! I’m trying to cook healthier and so far it’s meant bland taste as I’m trying to find a balance between flavor and health, but this recipe was so delicious, thanks so much for sharing it!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      You are welcome Jessica, I’m so happy you loved my recipe. I understand your struggle and that’s my mission to share flavorful recipes especially for those who are new to veganism. Hope you try more of my recipes!


    Such a great recipe, thank you for sharing. I added some mushrooms to it, but other than that I followed the recipe. Very easy to make and my entire family loved it.

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