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Sri Lankan Turmeric Rice - Kaha Bath
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Sri Lankan Turmeric Rice – Kaha Bath

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 inch stalk lemongrass or 1/2 teaspoon of lemongrass powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water


  • Heat ghee in a skillet. Add onion, curry leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Stir fry for 2 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
  • Add rice, turmeric and lemongrass powder. Stir fry for another minute.
  • Add salt, stock and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Alternately, transfer to a rice cooker with salt, chicken stock and water.
  • Once rice is done, fluff with a fork to distribute the spices.
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