Afghani lamb kebab and yellow rice
Lomo saltado served with arroz amarillo (yellow rice) in Peruvian cuisine

Yellow rice is a traditional yellow-colored rice dish in Iranian, West Asian, Moroccan,[1] Ecuadorian, Peruvian,[2] Caribbean, Portuguese, Filipino, Afghan, Indian, Sri Lankan, South African and Indonesian cuisines. It is made using white rice made yellow with annatto, saffron[3] or turmeric, ingredients used to give the rice its yellow color.[4]

South African yellow rice, with its origins in Cape Malay cuisine, influenced by Indonesian cuisine, is traditionally made with raisins, sugar, and cinnamon, making a very sweet rice dish served as an accompaniment to savoury dishes and curries.[5][6]

In Sri Lanka, it is known as kaha buth and draws from both Indonesian and Sri Lankan influences.[7][8]

In Indonesia it is known as nasi kuning.[9] In the Philippines, rice dishes cooked with turmeric include kuning and sinigapuna.[10][11][12][13]

See also


  1. ^ Wood, Jane Marie (2010). Cuban Foods - Retro -. p. 27. ISBN 9780557029389.
  2. ^ "Peruvian Lime Yellow Rice Recipe". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ Arroz Amarillo con Achiote (Yellow Rice) by DK December 11, 2009 Chef in You
  4. ^ "Yellow Rice". Bon Appétit (web page hosted on Epicurious). September 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Yellow Rice". Retrieved 23 Sep 2017.
  6. ^ "South African Yellow Rice". Retrieved 23 Sep 2017.
  7. ^ "Malay Dishes - Hop-On Gala". Archived from the original on 2018-09-02. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  8. ^ Bullis, Douglas; Hutton, Wendy (April 2001). Food of Sri Lanka. ISBN 9781462907182.
  9. ^ Holzen, Heinz Von (2014-09-15). A New Approach to Indonesian Cooking. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. p. 51. ISBN 9789814634953.
  10. ^ Balistoy, Ruby Leonora R. "Pagana Maranao—fostering culture of peace". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  11. ^ Abdulwahab, Nabeelah T. "The Beauty, Warmth, and Hospitality of Pagana". Intangible Cultural Heritage Courier of Asia and the Pacific. International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP). Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Turmeric "Kuning" Rice". Maranao Recipes. 2016-10-04. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  13. ^ Reyes, Maritess Garcia. "A Gastronomic Journey Through Southern Mindanao". Philippine Tatler. Retrieved June 2, 2019.