This Turmeric Coconut Rice is by far the most popular rice recipe on my website, I decided to do some new photos. Published on: Jan 11, 2017 

The flavor blends are just right, the combination of turmeric, coconut milk, and Jamaican seasonings thyme, green onions, garlic, onion are amazing! The best comfort side dish ever.

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Overlay of yellow turmeric coconut rice garnished with cilantro on a white plate

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’.

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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.

Close up of turmeric coconut rice on a white plate, golden spoon garnished with cilantro

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!

What To Serve With My Turmeric Coconut Rice?

I enjoyed serving it with my Vegan Southern Black-Eyed Peas, 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.

finished turmeric coconut rice on a white plate topped with vegan southern black-eyed peas on a white table

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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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.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: turmeric coconut rice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 209kcal



  • 2 cups brown rice (Jasmine or Basmati) washed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1-15 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or 1 vegetable bouillon plus 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • sea salt to taste, (I used 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and lime juice, for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large pot on medium high, cook onion and garlic until soft about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in turmeric, green onions, thyme, carrots and cook for a minute stirring constantly.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Fluff with a fork, stir in cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime juice.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1501IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg