You know those chinks in your cooking armour? I have a few of them that’s for sure. Pastry scares the life out of me, poaching an egg always ends up in a frustrating mess, and rice has always been a sticking point for me (pardon the pun).
So when I’m shown a hack that makes these tasks easier, I am always going to give it a go. My mum taught me this simple way to cook rice by baking it in the oven. It’s so easy you just cannot get it wrong, and the addition of turmeric turns it into the most vibrant yellow that kids will demolish every time. It’s known in our family as sunshine rice, and it’s become a classic that is loved by everyone young and old.
We serve this with anything you would serve rice with: with ribs, marinated Asian chicken, curries, chicken cacciatore, or my classic time-saving one-pot wonder chorizo chicken.
I promise you that once you give this a go, you will never be scared of cooking rice again!
Baby Mac's sunshine rice
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Total time 45 mins
- 1 drizzle olive oil
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 1 cup rice
- 2 cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place a flameproof pan on your stovetop over medium heat. Add in a good drizzle of olive oil.
Once the oil is warm, add in the teaspoon of turmeric and give it a quick fry-off.
Place the onion in your pan and coat with the oil.
Pour in the rice and stir well to coat.
Add the stock, give it a quick stir, then turn off the heat.
Cover tightly with foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes. Don't open it, don't look, don't stir, just leave it be.
After 40 minutes, take off the foil and fluff with a fork. It's perfect every time! You can also use this as a basis for any risotto without the stirring!
• You can add more rice if you need to make for more people (1 cup serves us all and there's 4-5 of us). Make sure that you double the amount of stock you use per cup of rice.
• You can use any kind of rice for this dish. I discovered I only had Arborio rice so I used that - use whatever you prefer!
Beth of Baby Mac has been blogging since 2006 and made the move from the city to the country in 2010. On Baby Mac she writes about her family, life in the country, entertaining and recipes, interiors – with a good dose of humour on the side.