Turmeric Brown Rice

September 18, 2020

Today’s recipe makes a big batch of delicious rice. It is enough for a family of four. It can be served with any lunch, or dinner entree that you wish. I made it to put inside a large batch of burritos that I prepped to go in the freezer. I put about 1/4 cup of rice and beans per burrito, and it yielded 40 burritos. You will note that I spiced up this recipe with chili, because I was using it in the burritos. You may choose to omit it, if you like less spice. If you have a rice cooker, I recommend that you cook it in it. I made mine in my rice cooker, and it was very easy. If you do not own a rice cooker, you can just as easily cook it on the stove. Either way, it is delicious!

WHAT IS TURMERIC?


”Turmeric is a rhizome (a tuber, similar to a root) like ginger – in fact, turmeric and ginger are in the same family! The powder made from the root is bright yellow, and sometimes used to dye foods. It will stain, so be careful when working with it! Turmeric is not spicy, and is often used in curry.”foxandbriar.com

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC?

“The jury is out on exactly how healthy turmeric is. Turmeric contains Curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. These are great for many things – boosts brain function, fights heart disease and cancer. However, turmeric only contains 3% curcumin, and the body doesn’t absorb curcumin very well. But whether or not turmeric has miraculous medical powers, you can still feel good about adding it to your food!”foxandbriar.com

“Unlike other types of herbs, NCCAM has found that turmeric may work best in fighting joint pain when it is taken orally. Lab studies on rats have also found that this herb may slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. While relief may have been seen in animals, few human studies have been conducted with turmeric.”glutensugardairyfree.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 cups per each cup of rice) Trader Joe’s low sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups water (add to veggie broth & rice)
  • 4 bay leaves dried
  • salt to taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric (1 1/2 teaspoons per each cup of rice)
  • 3 tablespoons Trader Joe’s 21 Salute Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon chili
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Organic Brown Basmati Rice

Directions:

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil and butter.
  • When butter is melted, add onion and garlic, saute until softened.
  • Add rice and spices (turmeric, 21 Salute, chili, white pepper, cumin, basil, & oregano). Add veggie broth, water, and bay leaves. Stir until well combined. Cover the pot with a lid. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, allow to simmer 1520 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaves, fluff with a fork and serve.
  • If you are making it in your rice cooker: sauté the onion, and garlic, in a small pan. Add the rice, veggie broth, water, bay leaves, and spices to the rice cooker. Stir until well incorporated. Cover the rice cooker with the lid. Turn the rice cooker to on, and let it cook until it finishes (about 20 minutes).

Did you add or take away something from this recipe? Have you used turmeric before? Please share about it in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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