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Geelrys (South African yellow rice with raisins)

(South African yellow rice with raisins)

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Geelrys is one of many South African dishes with roots in the Dutch East Indies. This sunny yellow side dish is the traditional accompaniment to bobotie.

4 to 6 servings


  • Water or stock -- 4 cups
  • Long-grain rice -- 2 1/2 cups
  • Turmeric -- 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon stick -- 1
  • Ground cinnamon -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar -- 1 or 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Raisins -- 1/2 cup


  1. Add the water or stock to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, for another 5 to 10 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick, fluff with a fork and serve hot.

Geelrys Variations

  • Golden raisins (sultanas) work very well with this dish.
  • Use brown sugar if you like.
  • Stir 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter into the cooked rice at the end.

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