Golden Rice Pilaf

Wow your taste buds with this simple Golden Rice Pilaf made with jasmine rice combined with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, dried fruit and nuts.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 8 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 7 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 8 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 7 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® Jasmine Rice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint


  • This Golden Rice Pilaf with spiced Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice is the perfect vegetarian option to serve as a main course or delicious side dish.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, peas, garlic and ginger for 3-5 minutes, or until softened.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice, turmeric, cardamom, salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until rice is well coated and heated through. Stir in almonds and apricots. Sprinkle with mint.

    Recipe Tips

  • For a nut-free dish, substitute the almonds with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.

    Minute® Instant White Rice can be substituted for jasmine.

Crunchy, Sweet and Savory

Add some bold flavor to your weekly meal menu with this Golden Rice Pilaf. It’s a delicious combination of rice, onions, garlic and frozen peas spiced up with ginger, turmeric and cardamom. It’s then finished off with dried fruits and chopped nuts. All together, it’s an impressive side that you can serve with a dish like our Curry Chicken with Jasmine Rice.

Optional Ingredients

We recommend almonds, but peanuts and cashews also work well in this dish. The dried fruit adds a sweet taste that goes well with the freshness of the chopped mint leaves. The nuts and fruit provide both protein and extra crunch. You can also go nut-free by substituting pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

Many Indian-inspired dishes that use a wide range of spices call for ghee instead of traditional butter. Ghee is clarified butter, or butter that has been melted in order to separate the milk solids from the liquid fats. Ghee actually has less lactose than regular butter, making it a great option for anyone with a dairy sensitivity.

If you like this recipe, you’ll want to continue exploring other international-inspired flavors. We have recipes inspired by India, parts of Asia and even South America! Next, try an Microwave Egg Fried Rice recipe.

Golden Benefits

Turmeric is known as the “Golden Spice” in a variety of cultures, both for its yellow color and unique health benefits. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and is also rich in antioxidants, meaning you get more than just a distinctive flavor when you use this spice.

Looking for a new dinner idea? Try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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