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Turmeric Rice with Cashews and Raisins

This is a take on the briyani rice. Sometimes we like to have this with curry or rendang.
Cuisine: local
Keyword: cashews, indian inspired, local, long grain rice, rice, spices, turmeric, yellow rice


  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 3 1/2 cups of chicken stock
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • Sunflower oil
  • Handfull of cashew nuts pre-fried in little oil
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins
  • Salt and pepper


  • Chop the shallots and the garlic.
  • Heat a small amount of sunflower oil in a pan. Add butter or ghee.
  • As it melts, sautee the shallots and garlic till soft but not coloured.
  • Add the curry powder and turmeric powder. Toss around the oil.
  • Add the rice and coat every grain with the curry and turmeric paste.
  • Add seasoning of salt and pepper. Not too much salt.
  • Pour in the liquid and stir to combine everything.
  • Pour it all into a rice cooker.
  • Add your star anise and raisins and give it a final gentle stir.
  • Let the rice cooker cook till it's done.
  • Before serving, gently fork the rice and add half of the pre-fried cashews.
  • Serve on a big plate or bowl and top with remaining cashews.