We ate at this small middle Eastern restaurant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I really enjoyed the dish I had with turmeric rice. I’ve never had it anywhere else, but it was SO good. So I just had to figure out how to recreate it at home. This is one that I am extremely happy with and now make this almost every time I need rice for a dish like Indian curries. This easy vegan turmeric rice is delicious and as it says in the title, very easy to make.

turmeric rice easy vegan

This rice is easy to make in the instant pot, in a rice cooker, or even on a stovetop pot. The recipe uses very pantry friendly ingredients making it a treat to throw together on a whim, like most of my life without meal planning. This stuff is great as a side dish for Indian food that is served with rice, but also is great with falafel! 

What you’ll love about this easy vegan turmeric rice?

  1. It’s vegan. This dish packs a lot of flavor but is vegan!
  2. Extremely easy to make. This recipe uses all pantry friendly ingredients including spices, rice, vegetable stock, and coconut oil (optional). 
  3. Packed with antioxidants. Between the turmeric, garlic, ginger, and onion, there are a ton of superfoods added!
  4. Delicious. It’s so good, you could just eat it by itself if you don’t mind an abundance of carbs.
vegan turmeric rice

How to make this easy vegan turmeric rice?

  1. Mix together all ingredients except the coconut oil (optional ingredient) in a rice cooker or instant pot. With a rice cooker, follow the rice cooker directions. With the instant pot, use the rice button and manually release the pressure at the end. 
  2. On a stovetop, mix together all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce the temperature to a simmer. Simmer for about 18 minutes covered. Remove the lid at the end and tilt the pan. No liquid should be left and the rice should hold its place firm. 
  3. Fluff the cooked rice and stir in the coconut oil if you use it. It isn’t necessary but gives it a bit more smooth texture. If you want really slick rice, use more oil. 
  4. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.
turmeric rice falafel bowl

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turmeric rice easy vegan

Vegan Spiced Turmeric Rice

Turmeric rice is an easy side dish to throw together in a rice cooker, on the stovetop, or in an instant pot. Using pantry spices, rice, and vegetable stock or broth, this dish comes together in about 20 minutes.
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Greek, Indian, Middle East
Servings 4 servings
Calories 189 kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp coconut oil optional, add-in at end


Rice Cooker

  • In a rice cooker, mix together all ingredients except the coconut oil. Cook according to cooker instructions.
  • At the end of cooking, using a fork, fluff up the rice. Stir in the coconut oil if you want to use it. Serve fresh. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week.


  • In a medium saucepan, mix together all ingredients except coconut oil. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Leave at a simmer for about 18 minutes covered.
  • Remove the lid at the end of cooking, tilt the pan to ensure no liquid remains in the bottom. The rice should hold firm. Fluff with a fork, and stir in the optional coconut oil. Serve fresh.

Instant Pot

  • Mix together all ingredients in the steel pot of an instant pot, and cook using the rice button. Be sure to close the lid and seal the vent.
  • Manually release pressure at the end, remove the lid, and fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in the optional coconut oil. Serve fresh.


You can double this recipe if you want extra. I also enjoy it with some chopped onion stirred in, but the onion powder saves time!


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 473mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 250IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword spiced rice, turmeric rice, vegan turmeric rice
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