Description: Food Network Kitchen's Brazilian Yellow Rice.

Brazilian Yellow Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This dish is a staple that was brought to Brazil in the 1500s by Portuguese colonizers. Saffron was originally used to season and color the rice, but turmeric became more popular due to its greater abundance and lower price. This version is based on a college friend’s recipe. Her family in Brazil usually served it alongside black beans stewed with similar ingredients to compliment the flavor and make a complete meal. For special occasions, they added chicken, peppers and peas, transforming the rice into a popular dish called galinhada.



  1. Add the oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and the spices are toasted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and stir until the grains are completely incorporated into the onion mixture. Add the broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes more; the rice will continue to steam. Uncover the pot. All the broth should be absorbed and the onions will be on top. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.