Diabetic Cooking

South African yellow rice with raisins

Preparation time: 25 minutes.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 cup white rice


Bring water to a boil. Add sugar, turmeric, margarine, cinnamon stick, raisins, and lemon slice, stirring well. Add rice and cover. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove cinnamon stick and lemon slice. Serve immediately.

Yield: 7 servings.

Serving size: 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 122 calories, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Sodium: 22 g, Fiber: <1g

Exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 starch. Carbohydrate choices: 1 1/2.

This recipe was developed by Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian and freelance writer in Southern California.