This vegan golden rice is a flavor bomb of a dish. Bursting with anti-inflammatory turmeric, it packs a double-punch—taste and nourishment wrapped up in one meal. Plus, it comes together in less than thirty minutes and requires just a handful of ingredients! Doesn't get much better.
This rice is inspired by the "golden" trend that's taken the blogging world by storm over the last handful of years. I believe the only "golden" recipe I've shared, to date, is the one for these golden granola clusters.
When it comes to golden lattes and power balls, there are plenty of lovely recipes already in existence out there in the blogosphere. No need to reinvent the wheel, and you know I like to keep my recipes fresh and somewhat cutting edge.
From what I've gathered, there aren't any vegan golden rice recipes out there yet. I mean, I'm sure there are somewhere—the internet's a big place—but I haven't noticed any.
And so, when the idea popped into my mind while recipe brainstorming last week, I rolled with it and got to testing the very next day.
The results did not disappoint, and I'm very excited to share this recipe with you today!
This vegan golden rice is vibrant, aromatic, and fresh.
Its mix of textures and flavors creates a dish that's alluring, inviting, and incredibly satisfying.
Here's a rundown of the goodness that awaits you:
Turmeric-kissed fluffy basmati rice.
Drizzles of toasted cumin + coriander oil (sounds fussy, it's absolutely not).
Crisp, pink pickled red onions.
Creamy dill yogurt sauce.
Tangy pickled cucumbers.
If you're anything like me, this dish will leave your tastebuds happy and your heart content.
Did I mention it's super affordable to make, too? Although there's an upfront investment in the spices (if you don't already have them), overall, this dish comes together for a very reasonable price. And in under 30 minutes, too.
Ticking all the boxes today.
To make it, you'll start by simmering basmati rice, water, turmeric, and sea salt together for 10 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed. Then, remove the pan from the heat and let the rice sit, covered, for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
While the rice cooks, you'll prepare the cumin oil by heating coconut oil (or oil of choice), cumin seeds, and coriander seeds in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Heat the mixture for just two to three minutes, or until the seeds begin to simmer and crackle.
This oil is drizzled over the warm rice and offers the dish a rich, aromatic flavor and intoxicating scent. Please don't skip it! ☺️
Finally, whip up a super-speedy dill yogurt sauce by whisking together plain, unsweetened plant-based yogurt, chopped fresh dill, and sea salt until smooth.
Serve the rice drizzled with the oil and dill yogurt sauce.
Top with pickled red onions + cucumbers and fresh herbs, if desired.
See the recipe notes for instructions on how to (easily) make the pickled veggies!
Vegan Golden Rice
- 1 ½ cups uncooked basmati rice, rinsed
- 3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (or oil of choice)
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
Dill Yogurt Sauce
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (I used Forager Cashewgurt)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Pickled cucumbers*
- Pickled red onion*
- Cilantro leaves
For the Golden Rice
- To a large saucepan, add the rice, water, turmeric, and sea salt. Whisk together and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and keep covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- While the rice cooks, prepare the toasted cumin oil by heating the coconut oil, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds in a small saute pan over medium heat. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the seeds begin to pop. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
- Once the rice is ready, spoon the cumin oil over top.
For the Dill Yogurt Sauce
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, dill, and sea salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serve the rice drizzled with the yogurt sauce. Top as desired and serve.
- Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.