Simple & Healthy Turmeric Rice with Potatoes

Here is a recipe that you’ll find amazingly easy to put together.

It looks lovely with the golden touch of turmeric. The spices in it are all good for balancing your doshas. Ayurvedic healers recommend basmati rice over brown rice because it is easier to digest. As far as I am concerned, I just find basmati irresistible! Combined with ghee and potatoes, it is my idea of delicious heaven, and a complete meal in itself.

Enjoy it with plain yogurt and a crunchy salad of finely chopped onions and tomatoes.

What you need:

1 cup basmati rice

2 tsp olive oil or ghee

1 stick of clove

1/2 tsp cumin seeds or mustard seeds (optional)

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

cayenne pepper powder, to taste (optional)

salt to taste

2 medium-sized potatoes, cut into long wedges or small cubes

a small bunch of washed and freshly chopped cilantro leaves

What you do:

Heat oil  or ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan.

Put in the clove, and the cumin/mustard seeds, if using. If not, tip in the turmeric.

A couple of seconds later, put in the potatoes, and stir them well to coat completely with turmeric.

Lower the heat, cover, and let cook for about five minutes, or until tender but not too soft.

Add the rice, stirring it gently to mix it well with the potatoes. Take care to be gentle, or the grains will break.

Put in 2 cups of water, and add salt to taste. At this point, you can also add the cayenne pepper, if using.

Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid, and lower the heat to minimum. Let the rice simmer until the water is totally absorbed in the rice. This should take 7 to 10 minutes–check after 5 minutes to make sure it’s not going to burn.

When the rice is done, put in the chopped cilantro leaves, and toss lightly to let the aroma suffuse into the rice.

Enjoy hot, with a bowl of plain yogurt.

Make it even tastier: try these ideas

Add a little crushed garlic and ginger to the oil/ghee, for an aromatic, oriental touch.

Fry thinly sliced onions along with the garlic and ginger for a richer flavor.

Toss in a handful of sweet peas when you’re cooking the potatoes.

Have a rice day!


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Sue H.
Sue H.3 years ago

I love turmeric with basmati but never thought of adding potatoes.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


John B.
John B.3 years ago

Sounds and looks great, thanks for posting the recipe Shubhra.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago

Thanks for the recipe!

Jillian M.
Jillian L.3 years ago

looking at all these dish ideas has inspired me to get creative again in the kitchen. : )

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago


Shubhra K.
Shubhra K.3 years ago

I know this is starch plus starch, but it's delicious, and the spices in it are good for you. Paired with plain yogurt, it's a soft, comforting meal in the summer. Besides, I think once in a while we all like to pamper our taste buds without worrying overmuch about carbs and such...

Neil A.
Neil A.3 years ago

Sweet Peas ?? please explain somebody do they mean the flowers?? or more likely mange tout?