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Yellow rice (geelrys)

Aromatic and beautifully coloured, yellow rice is essential with bobotie and the perfect companion to chicken pie.


1 cup (250 ml) rice

  • 4 cups (1 liter) water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) seedless raisins or currants
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) yellow , brown or raw sugar

Traditional Method

  1. Boil water.
  2. Add salt, turmeric, and then the rice and boil rapid for 20 minutes.
  3. Use a colander to drain water.
  4. Add cinnamon and raisins and steam for an hour over boiling water.
  5. Remove cinnamon and add butter and sugar.
  6. Serve warm.

Quick Method

  1. Boil 3 cups of water.
  2. Add all the ingredients, and boil until the water has been absorbed.