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Mediterranean Yellow Rice Recipe

This quick and easy Mediterranean Yellow Rice Recipe results in the most flavorful and fluffy rice! Add toasted pine nuts for a crunch and serve this vegan Greek pilaf as a side dish along with kebobs, lamb koftas, or grilled veggies.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 197 kcal
London Brazil


  • 2 Tbsp. oil olive or avocado
  • ½ sweet onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¾ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice rinsed and drained
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley flat-leaf, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pine nuts toasted


  1. Add oil and diced onion to a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Saute for 2-3 minutes, or until onion becomes translucent. Add crushed garlic and continue sauteing for another minute.
  2. Mix in turmeric, cumin, paprika, and salt. Toast until fragrant. (About 1 minute.)
  3. Pour in water, scraping the bottom of the pot to release any bits that are stuck, and add in the rice. Give it a good stir, and bring the water to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender and fluffy.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and mix in chopped cilantro, parsley, and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately with some Lamb Koftas and Tzatziki sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • You can also use toasted almonds instead.
  • To Store: Keep leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
  • To Freeze: This freezes great in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 4-6 months.
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Yellow Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 308mg13%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.