Mediterranean Yellow Rice

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1 tbsp Olive oil
½ cup small Onion diced
2 cloves Garlic minced
¼ tsp Cumin ground
½ tsp Turmeric powder
1 ¼ tsp Salt or to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 ½ cups Long grain rice white, rinsed and drained
2 ¼ cups Water
¼ cup Pine nuts toasted
2 tbsp Cilantro fresh, chopped

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Mediterranean Yellow Rice


This deeply aromatic and flavorful Mediterranean Yellow Rice recipe features fluffy long-grain rice and aromatics from the onion, garlic, cumin, and turmeric. Add the pine nuts and fresh cilantro leaves for the finishing touch. Serve this delicious vegan side dish with any main or use as part of a Mediterranean rice bowl.

This recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients and 20 minutes of cooking time — no Instant Pot necessary. The result is a bright side dish with an exquisite Mediterranean taste that is both healthy and comforting. Start out by sautéing the onions until softened and almost translucent. Next, add the garlic, cumin, turmeric, salt, black pepper, and rice. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes before adding the water. Bring the rice to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Once ready, remove the rice from heat, wrap the lid with a clean dish towel and place it on top of the pot. Allow the rice to steam for 5-10 minutes. Gently fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains and fold in the toasted pine nuts and the chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

To make the Mediterranean Yellow Rice, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Mediterranean Yellow Rice


Sauté onions


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add ½ cup diced onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and almost translucent.


Add aromatics and rice


Add 2 cloves minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon turmeric, 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, black pepper to taste, and 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice to the pot. Toast, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes until the rice starts to look translucent.


Add water


Add 2 ¼ cups water, stir to mix well, and bring to a simmer.




Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the rice simmer until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes.




Once the rice is ready, remove the pot from the heat. Wrap the lid with a clean dish towel and place it on top of the pot and let the rice steam for 5-10 minutes.


Add pine nuts and cilantro


Fluff the rice with a fork and fold in ¼ cup toasted pine nuts and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro. Adjust salt and black pepper pepper if needed.



Serve immediately and enjoy!

This Mediterranean Yellow Rice is an aromatic and delicious vegan side dish that is so easy to make at home. Perfectly fluffy and flavorful every time. No fancy equipment or technique needed. If you make this easy recipe, share a photo with us @cookmerecipes on Instagram — and don't forget to leave a comment below!

Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

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