Lemon and Turmeric Rice

  • 5MINS
  • 10MINS
  • 215KCAL

A beautifully fragrant, vibrant and slightly spiced rice. Perfect as a side dish to most curries as well as being low in calories and Points!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories215
  • Carbs46g
  • Protein5.3g
  • Fat0.6g
  • Saturates0.1g
  • Sugars0.5g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Fragrant lemony rice that’s so easy to prepare and even easier to cook, this Lemon and Turmeric Rice is a delicious side for so many curries. With a super simple spice mix and basic, wholesome ingredients, this rice can balance the spiciest of curries with a fresh flavour.

We’ve added a pinch of red pepper flakes to the mix to spice things up a touch, but if you prefer your rice with more of a kick you can increase this as much as you like!

Although it’s packed full of Indian flavours, this side dish lends itself well to so much: you could serve alongside roasted meats for a change from boiled rice, or even toss it into a crisp, fresh salad once it’s cooked for a quick, tasty lunch.

What diets is this Lemon and Turmeric Rice suitable for?

This Lemon and Turmeric Rice recipe is suitable for gluten free and dairy free diets, and also for vegetarians and vegans.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Lemon and Turmeric Rice recipe?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Lemon and Turmeric Rice recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Lemon and Turmeric Rice recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Lemon and Turmeric Rice recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Lemon and Turmeric Rice?

Nope! Basmati rice and all the spices you need are readily available in the supermarket. Mustard seed is great for adding depth of flavour, and you can find them in the spice aisle.

How many calories are in this Lemon and Turmeric Rice?

There are 215 calories per portion in this Lemon and Turmeric Rice which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Lemon and Turmeric Rice is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray the wok with low calorie cooking spray, and place on a medium heat. When the wok is hot, add mustard seeds.

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Step 2

When the seeds start to crackle and pop, add the red pepper flakes, bay leaf and turmeric. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 seconds then add the lemon juice, lime zest and cooked rice. Mix well.

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Step 3

Cook the rice for 5 minutes then add the coriander and mix well.

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Step 4

Turn off the heat, cover the pan with the lid (use tin foil if you do not have a lid). Leave for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper before serving.

Lemon and Turmeric Rice - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with these Lemon and Turmeric Rice?

You could serve this Lemon and Turmeric Rice with any number of curries, like these:

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How do you know when this Lemon and Turmeric Rice are cooked?

You should cook this Lemon and Turmeric Rice until the rice is cooked per the packet instructions and all the spiced lemon juice is absorbed. This will take around 10 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Lemon and Turmeric Rice in the fridge?

Ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Lemon and Turmeric Rice in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but, it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.

Rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process. If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

You should remember to do the following if you’re going to keep leftover rice:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze Lemon and Turmeric Rice?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

How do I reheat Lemon and Turmeric Rice?

From chilled: Reheat in the microwave for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight, and heat from chilled.

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Lemon and Turmeric Rice

A beautifully fragrant, vibrant and slightly spiced rice. Perfect as a side dish to most curries as well as being low in calories and Points!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 215
  • Carbs 46G
  • WW Points:
  • 6 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 6 Purple

Ingredients

  • 240 g basmati rice cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lime zested
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp mustard seed
  • 1 bay leaf fresh or dried
  • 10 g coriander chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray the wok with low calorie cooking spray, and place on a medium heat. When the wok is hot, add mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds start to crackle and pop, add the red pepper flakes, bay leaf and turmeric. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 seconds then add the lemon juice, lime zest and cooked rice. Mix well.
  3. Cook the rice for 5 minutes then add the coriander and mix well.
  4. Turn off the heat, cover the pan with the lid (use tin foil if you do not have a lid). Leave for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper before serving.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If you like your rice a little spicier, add another 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes.

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