Sweet yellow rice

Sweet yellow rice

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"This family-favourite rice dish is the first thing to go at family events! It’s my sister, Fahmeeda’s safely guarded recipe that she very kindly shared with us." – Fatima Saib


  • 210 g 1 cup, basmati rice
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • ¼ t ground turmeric
  • 100 g ½ cup, white sugar
  • 3 T water
  • 60 g butter, cubed

Cooking Instructions

1. Rinse the rice for 3 times until the water runs clear. Bring 2 ½ cups water to the boil in a saucepan and add the rice, cinnamon and turmeric and cook for 10 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.

2. While the rice is cooking, place the sugar to a small, microwaveable bowl and pour over the water. Do not stir. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping halfway through to check whether the sugar has dissolved. Stir and set aside to thicken.

3. Drain and rinse the rice and place in a microwaveable dish. Pour over the sugar water and dot with the butter. Use a knife to cut the butter and sugar syrup through the rice, this ensures that the rice does not break or turn mushy. Cover with a lid or a plate and microwave for 5 minutes, stopping halfway to cut the knife through it again.

4. Serve with your curry of choice. We love having it with roast potatoes, veggies and saucy chicken.

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Videography: Kevashan Moodley
Photograph: Shavan Rahim
Food assistant: Leila-Ann Motokedi


Fatima Saib Recipe by: Fatima Saib
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TASTE’s commercial content editor is a recipe developer and writer with an immense love for Indian food. A self-taught cook, she was drawn into the world of food during her post-graduate studies in English literature, when she started selling cinnamon rolls out of her kitchen.

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