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Budget Lemon "Saffron" Rice


Saffron rice is dubbed the most expensive spice in the world. Sometimes, I like to make a simple "Yellow" Rice by using a tiny pinch of Tumeric-- this gives rice a pretty yellow color, but doesn't add any flavor to the rice. It's a versatile way to make boring rice look pretty, with a variety of garnishes.

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  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock (or half of each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp. lemon zest
  • fresh minced parsley
  • 1 cup of frozen peas


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 35mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Rinse the rice until the water is clear.

In a medium size saucepan, add the water or chicken stock, and tumeric, and bring to a boil. Add the rice and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, covered.

Remove from heat. Fluff with a fork.

If desired, add lemon zest and lemon juice and fresh herbs.

Adding frozen peas gives the rice some contrast color, and you can sneak in some vegetables!

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