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Yellow Shawarma Rice {Halal Cart Copycat}

Halal carts serve up iconic, brightly coloured yellow rice as a base for their meals. This homemade yellow shawarma rice is light, fluffy, and full of flavour. This method yields perfectly fluffy, never gummy rice. Serve this rice as a base for air fryer chicken shawarma, topped with that iconic white sauce.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Sunena Anand




  • Boil the water: Boil the water over medium heat.
    2 cups Water
  • Dissolve chicken bouillon concentrate and spices: To the pot of boiling water, add the chicken bouillon concentrate. Stir vigorously to dissolve the bouillon into the water. Add the spices to the water.
    1 tablespoon Chicken bouillon concentrate, 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder, ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • Cook the rice: Add the rice to the pot, and top with the butter. Turn the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and keep the rice covered for another 5 minutes.
    1 cup Jasmine rice, ½ tablespoon Salted butter
  • Fluff: Once the rice has cooked, take off the lid and squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon. Fluff with a fork, and enjoy!
    1 Lemon


  • Do not leave out the fat! If you have ever noticed that the water boils over when you are cooking starchy rice such as jasmine rice, butter or oil will counteract that! Don't leave it out!


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg