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Amino Mantra Turmeric Pilaf

Fijian Turmeric & Cumin Pilaf

With winter chill closing in, get cosy with this easy to make, soul-warming Central Asian influenced pilaf. Best thing about this recipe is that you only need 1 pot to create 4 servings. Or you can save leftovers for next day's lunch. 

Difficulty level: Medium

Total Time: 35 mins

Meals served: 4 Servings


- Amino Mantra Fijian Turmeric &  Cumin Plant Patties    2 Patties

- Basmati or Jasmine rice    3 cups 

- Water or vegetable stock    5¼ cups

- Carrot, peeled and chopped   200g

- Pumpkin, peeled and chopped   200g

- Brown onion, peeled and chopped   100g

- Tomato, chopped     1each

- Raisins    2tbsp

- Olive oil    15ml

- Garlic, chopped    2 Cloves

- Ginger grated    1 tsp

- Salt    to taste

- Pepper    to taste


- Bayleaf     1ea Leaf

- Cinnamon      ½ Stick 

- Capsicum Diced small    200g

- Mushrooms, chopped    200g




  1. Rinse rice in cold water until water runs clear and let it soak in water until you get other ingredients prepared.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in a medium pot. If you have a rice cooker switch it on to cook mode so it starts heating up.
  3. When oil is heated add the onions and saute, then add the garlic, ginger and cinnamon. Saute for 2 mins until fragrant. Drain the rice during this time. (Any optional vegetables should be added at this step and cooked further until soft)
  4. Crumble the AM Turmeric & Cumin patties into the pot and saute further for 1 min, then add the well drained rice and stir it gently for another minute.
  5. Add water or vegetable stock, raisins, chopped tomato, bayleaf, salt and pepper. If using a rice cooker and using the rice cooker measuring cup, follow user instructions. If not, follow recipe measuring guide. 
  6. Give the rice one final stir and close the lid. If using a regular pot on a stove increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 15 mins. (or until water is absorbed)
  7. Remove from heat and allow it to sit for 5 mins with the lid closed. Remove bay leaf and fluff the rice with a fork.AM Turmeric Pilaf in a Pot
  8. Serve rice with a simple green salad. 

    AM Turmeric Pilaf garnished