You are here: Home » Recipes » Simple Yellow Rice Simple Yellow Rice Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 4 servings Although turmeric is much less expensive than saffron, use saffron for its sultry flavor and aromatic character. PrintEmail Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil1/2 yellow onion, chopped1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice1 teaspoon turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon saffron2 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste1/2 cup chopped cilantro, optional Instructions Heat oil in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan with tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Saute onions, rice and turmeric or saffron 12 minutes to release color. Add water or broth, bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to simmer. Cover tightly and simmer 30 minutes until rice is tender. Season with salt and pepper and add cilantro, if using.