Kaning Dilaw (Golden Rice)

In the Philippines, rice is life. There's archaeological evidence of it being grown as early as 3400 B.C. Even so, rice was historically produced in limited quantities for spiritual rituals. Because of its associated luxury, rice was considered only for elite members of the tribe, given as tribute to chiefs. When Spanish colonists introduced plow technology, rice production increased and it became a staple for everyone. Read more about this recipe.

Kaning Dilaw (Golden Rice)
Photo: Jenny Huang
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups brown jasmine rice, rinsed

  • 1 cup coconut cream (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon coconut oil

  • Fried garlic & sliced scallions for garnish (see Tip)


  1. Combine water, rice, coconut cream, turmeric, salt and coconut oil in a large pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve garnished with garlic and scallions, if desired.


Thicker and richer than coconut milk, coconut cream is the solid part that rises to the top of canned coconut milk. It's also sold separately. Skip anything labeled cream of coconut, which is sweetened and used to make things like cocktails.

You can find fried garlic and shallots premade at Asian markets and online. To make your own, heat 1/4 cup canola or avocado oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add thinly sliced garlic cloves or shallots and cook, stirring often, until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes for garlic or 3 to 4 minutes for shallots. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Refrigerate any leftover flavored oil to use in savory recipes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
7g Fat
37g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 36mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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