Turmeric Coconut Rice

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Enjoy this delicious and healthy Turmeric Coconut Rice for your next meal. Brown rice simmered in seasoned coconut milk with onion, garlic, and thyme. 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. It is similar to Indian coconut rice with a Caribbean flare. Can be served for lunch or dinner.

Turmeric Coconut Rice

Brown rice vs White Rice:

  1. Eating 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'.

Turmeric coconut rice made with seasoned coconut milk, flavorful and easy to prepare in a black saucepan on a white background

How To Make Turmeric Coconut Rice?

For this coconut rice recipe, 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. My favorite rice to use is basmati or jasmine rice.

Rice is then slow-cooked in coconut milk and vegetable broth for a rich and tasty flavor. Or you can 1 vegetable bouillon with 2 cups water.

Turmeric Coconut Rice

Turmeric Coconut Rice 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.

Turmeric coconut rice made with seasoned coconut milk, flavorful and easy to prepare

Other Delicious Rice Recipes To Try:

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

Note, I recently found out from a reader that they make a similar dish called Nasi Kuning in Indonesia that has pandan leaves, galangal, lemongrass added to it. I would love to try it someday.

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224 kcal / 936 kJ
3 g
5 g
45 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

15 min
50 min
Ready in:
1 h 5 min
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, 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.


  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

Turmeric Coconut Rice

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Nancy
    February 18, 2020

    Does anyone know if I can do this in my ninja foodie/pressure cooker?

  2. Bryonie Baxter
    February 2, 2020

    Doubled carrots, added a tin of chickpeas, frozen peas and some mini corn cobs from a tin. Made a full meal rather than a side. Yummy.

  3. Haily
    January 7, 2020

    I’m planing on making this but for the coconut milk I only have a can of full fat coconut milk.. would that work?

  4. Carrie R
    December 26, 2019

    I live in a very small Texas town , no brown basmati or jasmine rice available . Can I use regular jasmine rice and just not cook as long , maybe 20 mins ?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 26, 2019

      Carrie yes you can, make sure to use about 1 1/2 cups of liquid per 1 cup of uncooked rice and brown rice is sold online as well.

  5. Dorinda
    December 19, 2019

    This is my new go to recipe when I needed to bring a dish somewhere. Easy to cook and flavorful! Thank you!

  6. Jamie Angulo
    December 16, 2019

    Hi Michelle!

    I love this recipe and have made it multiple times but I found out I have a food sensitivity to coconut (very disappointing). Would you replace a with a different milk or add extra stock?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 16, 2019

      Jamie I’m so sorry to hear, yes just replace the coconut milk with extra stock. Thank you for reaching out.