South African Yellow Rice with Raisins (Geel Rys)


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South African Yellow Rice with Raisins (Geel Rys)

This traditional South African side pairs bright lemon flavors with just a hint of cinnamon in this slightly sweet rice. Try using your microplane as a quick, easy way to zest your lemon.
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 6 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TB minced lemon zest


  • Combine water rice, raisins, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15-18 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is done. Stir in lemon zest and serve.

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