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South African Yellow Rice (Geelrys)

A lovely side dish for any occasion but always alongside the national dish called bobotie.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 254kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed & drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water or combination of both
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the butter or oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to turn opaque.
  • Add sultanas, turmeric, curry, and sugar if using and stir until well mixed in.
  • Slowly stir in chicken broth or water or combination of the two and raise heat to medium-high. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg