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Yellow Rice - A Latin Classic

Introduced to the new world from Spain where the key ingredient, saffron, was widely available, yellow rice has become classic comfort food in much of Latin America and throughout the Caribbean.  Because saffron is so expensive, turmeric or annatto powder is often substituted to provide color and subtle flavor.  Authentic, and easy to prepare, this is a family favorite in my home.

1 cup    long grain white rice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon    turmeric
2 cloves    garlic, minced
¼ cup    diced green onions
1 teaspoon    ground cumin
1 pinch    ground allspice

Prepare the rice according to provided instructions, fluff well with a fork, set aside and allow to cool.

In a skillet large enough to hold all the ingredients melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and continue sautéing until just aromatic, about 1 additional minute.

Add the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and combine well with the onions and garlic.  Add the rice and toss until everything is combined and heated through.  Salt to taste.

 

 

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