Turmeric Rice Pilaf with Almonds

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

26 mins

Free Time

to go for a run

Forget any preconceptions you might have about rice being a background dish. Flavored with earthy turmeric, this fragrant, nutty pilaf has all the potential to be the star of the show. Use long-grain rice, like Basmati, which contains less starch and cooks into more distinct grains than the short-grain variety.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 cup (190g) long-grain rice
  • 1⅓ cups (320ml) vegetable stock, chicken stock, or water
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • parsley or cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine the oil, shallots, garlic, and almonds in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes, or until the aromatics and almonds begin to toast.
  3. Add the raw rice, stock, turmeric, and salt.
  4. Cover and cook at Power Level 5tooltip for 22 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Let the rice rest with the lid on for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the butter and mix to combine. Garnish with parsley or cilantro.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Enjoy alongside chicken or fish, or topped with a fried egg.
  • Add seared tofu and sub olive oil for butter for a complete vegan meal.
  • Add golden raisins for a hint of fruitiness.

Recipe notes

  • Adjust the power level by 1 as needed — increase if it’s taking longer than expected, or decrease if it’s bubbling over.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.