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Easy Rice Cooker Turmeric (Yellow) Basmati Rice

Learn how to cook fluffy and flavorful turmeric rice in the rice cooker. Turmeric is the key ingredient that makes this dish golden and fragrant, along with garlic, onion and chicken stock. It’s an easy set it and forget it kind of dish and takes only about 35 minutes to make.
5 from 65 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 cups
Calories 243 kcal



  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup minced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Melt the butter in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Rinse rice in a mesh strainer. Make sure to shake out excess water well.
  • Add rice, butter, onion, garlic, turmeric, bay leaf and salt in the pot and mix well.
  • Add chicken stock and stir ingredients together.
  • Set rice cooker to cook or start (depending on the cooker functions).
  • When done, fluff with a fork and serve.


*Nutritional facts provided are only an estimate, accuracy is not guaranteed. 
  • Rinse the rice, this will help clean it by removing any dirt and debris. Rule of thumb is to rinse it three times. 
  • Make sure to drain the water well, give it a few hard shakes in the strainer to take out as much water as possible. Too much residual water may make the dish mushy. 
  • Stir up all the ingredients well in the pot to ensure even distribution of flavors. 
  • Store leftover in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze in the freezer in an airtight container for up to a month.
  • To substitute Jasmine rice, use 1 cup rice with 1- ¼ cups broth. Rinse your rice as above, and make sure to drain it well. 


Serving: 4cupsCalories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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