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Yellow rice or Geelry rice is an essential African recipe made of white rice, cinnamon, saffron and raisins.



South African Yellow Rice Dish.


Geelry fragrant yellow rice is spiced with cinnamon, turmeric, raisins, and saffron.


Easy African food recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes 
Nutrition facts:
340 calories
3 grams of fat

South African Yellow Rice Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 piece of stick cinnamon, 2 inches long
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground saffron
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup seedless raisins
2 cup boiling water

Directions
In a heavy 2 to 3 quart saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam begins to subside, add the rice and stir until the grains are coated with butter. Do not let the rice brown. 

Add the water, cinnamon, turmeric, saffron and salt and, stirring constantly, bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid in the pan. 

Remove the pan from the heat, discard the cinnamon stick, and add the raisins. Fluff the rice with a fork, stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar, taste, and add more if you wish. 

Cut a circle of wax paper or foil and place it inside the pan directly on top of the rice. Cover the pan with its lid and let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

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Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

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