Geelrys is Afrikaans, literally meaning ‘yellow rice’. It is a staple of South African meals.
We Iranians are known for our variety of decadent rice dishes. To my pleasant surprise, the fragrance with which this rice filled my kitchen was unique and amazing. The fusion of all the ingredients made this rice taste creamy. I am very pleased to have learned this very simple and yet so wonderfully delicious rice dish.
Geelrys • Yellow Rice
Recipe by: Fae’s Twist & Tango (fae-magazine.com)
• 380 g/ 2 cups rice, basmati preferred
• 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (or vegetable oil)
• ½ tsp turmeric powder
• 1 stick/quill cinnamon
• 160 g/ 1 cup raisins (mixed jumbo raisins used here)
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 2 tsp salt
• rind of ½ lemon
• 3 cups hot water
◊ If using basmati rice, after washing thoroughly, soak in water for up to 30 minutes.
◊ In a medium-size pot, heat butter on medium-high. Add turmeric and cinnamon and sauté for 5 seconds.
◊ Add raisins, sugar, salt and lemon rind, hot water and bring to boil.
◊ Drain the rice well and add to the boiling water. While stirring, bring to a boil again. Lower the heat to medium-low, put on the lid and let it cook until the water is all absorbed (about 20 minutes) and steamed for 5 minutes.
( –If using electric rice-cooker, add drained rice to the rice-cooker, add boiling rest of the ingredients, stir, and turn on the switch.)
◊ Fluff the cooked rice as you dish out onto the serving dish. Remove the cinnamon quill and lemon rind before serving.
~ Smaaklike ete! Lekker eet! ~
So, what’s cooking in your kitchen?