Fluffy Arroz Amarillo ( Yellow Spanish Rice)


Yellow rice, aka Arroz Amarillo is a popular side dish served in many countries. For that signature yellow color, long grain rice is steamed with vibrant aromatics such as turmeric, annatto, or saffron & veggies like peas, carrots, and onions.

Good for balancing Vata and Pitta Dosha

Prep Time: 15 Min
Total Time: 35 Min
Serves: 6 Persons


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cups long grain rice (Preferably basmati)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 ½ cups broth or water
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and carrots and cook for 4-5 minutes on low heat or until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Add the sale & turmeric powder and mix it well.
  2. Add the rice and mix evenly. After the rice has been coated with the oil/spice mixture, add broth or water.
  3. Bring rice to a boil, reduce to medium-low heat and cook for 20 minutes, covered. During this time, don’t stir the rice.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat, add the peas, and cover the pan for about 8 minutes to steam the peas (this keeps their vibrant color).
  5. Remove the lid and fluff the rice before serving.
  6. Add chopped cilantro & enjoy while hot.


Serve this Yellow Spanish Rice recipe with coleslaw “dip” or Jalapeno poppers, or use it as a side for a chicken dish.

Check out the Ayurvedic benefits of ingredients used in this recipe

Saumya Singh

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