2 cups uncooked Basmati rice
¼ teaspoon turmeric
5 cardamom pods, crushed
3 stick cinnamons
50g butter
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
½ cup raisins, optional


I parboil my rice, then rinse as I don’t like the starch on the rice.
Using a large saucepan parboil the rice until half cooked, about 5- 7 minutes.
Pour into a colander, rinse and return to the saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients with a cup of water. Stir gently. Heat your saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for six minutes. Stir with a fork to fluff and loosen the grains, turn the heat off. 
Leave the sealed saucepan on the stove, the retained heat will complete the cooking process and any water left will be absorbed leaving you with fluffy and tender yellow rice.
Perfect with bobotie, frikkadel and roasts.