One pot|Geelrys South African rice with Raisins

GeelRys or Yellow rice is a classic South African cuisine. Along with its vibrant yellow color, aroma of this cuisine makes the dish unique among other yellow rice varieties. It gets the yellow color from turmeric powder and saffron strings that are mixed while cooking the rice. The wonderful aroma is due to cinnamon sticks, fragrance rice (you may use the plain rice), lemon zest. Pure turmeric powder also contributes to the aroma. The taste is mildly sweet(due to the black raisin and brown sugar added). This particular dish is treated as a side in South Africa and served with meat roast. But for a vegetarian meal, it will be served with Yogurt, cucumber, onion dip (refer recipe for Raita) or plain yogurt.

This is a quick and easy and one pot recipe.


Difficulty Level Easy
Prep time 2 minutes
Cooking Time 15 minutes
Refrigerator life 3-4 days
Reheating method Thaw or reheat
Ingredients Measurement
Fragrance Rice 2/3 Cup
Lemon zest 1 Tablespoon
Brown Sugar 2 Table Spoons
Grounded Organic Turmeric 1 Tablespoon
Black Raisin 2 Tablespoon
Cinnamon powder and  Cinnamon stick 1 Teaspoon, &  1 Stick
Salt and saffron strings 1/2 Teaspoon


1.Soak the rice (I have used Thailand fragrance rice) for say 1/2 hour and wash them

2. Place the rice, lemon gest, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, turmeric, raisin, saffron strings and cinnamon stick in pressure cooker pot and pressure cook (you may cook in any other pot with the appropriate amount of water)

3. When the rice is cooked, transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish with some more raisins, cilantro, and serve when hot with Raita (Recipe here) (Yogurt, cucumber, Onion dip)

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Wonderful rice dish!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Interesting. I would never think of adding raisins to rice. Definitely, want to try.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Jessica says:

    😋😋😋 can’t wait to try this. But for some reason I feel like I already tasted this dish. Weird. 😕

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you! Hope you will try.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Jessica says:

        I finally tried it! It’s good. Thank you. I haven’t taste before now but I finally remember eating something similar from my country. We didn’t use cinnamon and sugar. There was other spice in it but the rice cooking, raisins and the zaffron is the same.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! I wish I could share this dish..

      Liked by 1 person

  4. da-AL says:

    this looks sooo delicious! great post 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you.Hope you’ll try !

      Liked by 2 people

  5. I love rice so anything with it gets me lol

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks for our comments! This rice tastes good.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the comments, hope you’ll try the recipe.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. John Son says:

    Very nice recipe, is it good :)!? Rice is strang for me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I loved it, again it depends on individual.


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