Dr Doug’s Golden Turmeric Rice Recipe

Dr Doug’s Golden Turmeric Rice Recipe

Dr Doug’s Golden Turmeric Rice Recipe

Looking for interesting ways to add bioavailable turmeric to your diet? The Golden Paste method involves using a mixture of turmeric, black pepper, and healthy fats to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. Here's a simple turmeric rice recipe with Golden Paste added so you can reap maximum health benefits from your meal.

Dr Doug’s Golden Turmeric Rice Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon High-Potency Curcumin Turmeric Powder
  • 200ml water (for turmeric)
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 2 cups water (for rice)
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander, chopped, for garnish


Prepare the Golden Paste:

  • Bring the turmeric and water to a boil in a saucepan, then lower the heat and simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes and you may need to add the extra water along the way for good consistency.
  • Set aside to cool.

Rinse and Soak the Rice:

  • Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Soak the rice in water for about 15-20 minutes, then drain.

Cook the Rice:

  • In a saucepan, heat coconut oil or ghee over medium heat.
  • Add the Golden Paste, ginger and garlic, and sauté for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add the soaked and drained rice to the saucepan and stir to coat the rice with the golden paste.

Add Water and Spices:

  • Pour in 2 cups of water and add optional cinnamon and cumin, if desired.
  • Season with salt according to your taste.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until the rice is cooked and water is absorbed.

Fluff and Garnish:

  • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork to separate the grains, adding in cracked pepper as you go.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped coriander.
  • Add other cooked veggies to the rice mix if preferred. 


  • Serve the Golden Turmeric Rice as a side dish to your favourite main course.

This flavourful and aromatic turmeric rice is not only delicious but also packed with the health benefits of turmeric. The Golden Paste method enhances the absorption of curcumin, providing an extra nutritional boost to your meal. Enjoy!

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