Instant Pot turmeric coconut rice combines the savory flavor of turmeric, garlic and scallions with creamy coconut milk. Add chickpeas and kale to turn this easy recipe into a main course.
When I'm craving a vegetarian or vegan meal, Instant Pot Turmeric Coconut Rice is often at the top of my list. This rice has a lightly sweet and creamy coconut flavor, perfectly balanced with the savory flavors of garlic, scallions, turmeric and black pepper. I also throw in chickpeas, which add protein and turn the rice into a main course.
However, if just rice for dinner is a little bit too light for your family, you can also serve this one-pot rice dish as a side for chicken, pork, fish or shrimp.
I've purposefully kept the flavors in this dish mild, because that's how my kids like it. But trust me, mild does mean not bland - this rice is really good even with mild flavors, and I love this recipe just as it is written.
That being said, I wouldn't hesitate to sneak in more garlic and scallions, some ginger and possibly a sliced hot pepper if I could. I also love kale with this rice, sauteed on the side or lightly wilted when it's stirred into the cooked rice.
However you serve this turmeric coconut rice, it's the type of comfort food we all need right now. Simple, nourishing and really yummy.
Turmeric and Black Pepper
The active ingredient in turmeric that's thought to have health benefits is curcumin. Black pepper is often paired with turmeric because it may increase the absorption of curcumin in the body.
An Easy Way to Cook Shrimp
Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins to serve with this turmeric and coconut rice.
If using frozen, raw shrimp, don't forget to defrost the bag of shrimp by putting it in the refrigerator the night before. Right before dinner, drain the shrimp and pat dry. Coat the shrimp lightly in oil and cook under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes, until nice and pink. I usually shake the pan once or flip the shrimp over half way through. Finish with a squeeze of lemon, if you like.
Can I Add Chicken to Turmeric Coconut Rice?
To be honest, I haven't tried a version of turmeric and coconut rice with chicken...yet. I'll let you know when I do. Until then, try this recipe for Instant Pot turmeric chicken and rice (made with brown rice) and try adding ½ cup of coconut milk to the recipe.
OR you could try the exact recipe below, but add boneless chicken thighs on the bottom layer. Instead of choosing the rice setting, cook the rice and chicken for 8 minutes on high pressure. Let us know how it turns out!
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