How to Make Perfect Lebanese Rice

How to Make Perfect Lebanese Rice

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You know you’re a Lebanese cooking goddess once you’ve mastered Authentic Lebanese Rice!

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How hard can it be to make the perfect bowl of Lebanese Rice? For some people really hard (I won’t say names!) but there is no reason for that! The recipe and technique is a so easy! I learned this method from my mother-in-law who IMHO makes the best damn Lebanese Rice I’ve ever had! So, just follow her directions and remember Mama Hana’s #1 rule to Authentic Lebanese Rice- DO NOT STIR!

What did you say?

Do not stir the rice! Why?

You’re just not supposed to. My MIL always says leave it alone!

My mom always stirs and it drives me crazy. My rice craziness is at the point where when I’m in town, my mom won’t even make the rice anymore!

After you’ve browned the vermicelli noodles, stir in the rice and the water- for the last time, but the lid on the pot and go away. GO AWAY! Go! Go! Goooo! I don’t care how tempted you are- do not remove the lid and DO NOT STIR! Resist the temptation! Just wait. Have a cup of tea or do a crossword puzzle, check Facebook and come back in 20 minutes.

Remove the lid- watch out for the steam. Give the rice a good fluff with a fork or rice paddle (I always used a fork until I moved to China and discovered the rice paddle- it’s a game changer). Fluff in the butter- place a kitchen towel over the pot and return the lid on the pot for another 10 minutes. That’s it! Just follow the simple steps and you will be a Lebanese cooking goddess!

A quick note on the rice- for the tastiest Authentic Lebanese Rice, use Basmati or in a pinch Jamsine. It’s the perfect rice for Lebanese food!

Enjoy the Authentic Lebanese Rice with Bazella, Loobiya, Fasoolia… So many delicious options!

 

Authentic Lebanese Rice

40 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cups Vermicelli Noodles
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice (Jasmine will also work)
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Butter 
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice and drain.
  2. Sauté the vermicelli in vegetable oil until golden brown. 
  3. Add rice and toast for 2 minutes. Add water and salt. Stir.
  4. Bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes. 
  5. Fluff the rice with a fork or rice paddle. Stir in the butter.
  6. Cover the pot with a clean dish towel and replace the lid onto the pot.
  7. Allow the rice to steam for 10 minutes before serving. 
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18 Comments on How to Make Perfect Lebanese Rice

Daniela Apostol said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2017 at 8:42 PM

I absolutely love rice cooked in any possible way, the addition of vermicelli noodles sounds amazing to me, and the butter must bring lots of flavour. A perfect side dish!

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Molly Kumar said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2017 at 1:26 PM

I didnt knew that vermicilli was added with rice in Lebanese rice. I love rice + vermicilli, so this will be made really soon.

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Sandhya Ramakrishnan said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 8:13 AM

I didn't realize that Lebanese rice had vermicelli in it. This is such a lovely recipe and so simple to make. The rice looks great!

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Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 4:52 AM

Thank you for sharing these great tips - I can't wait to try them! Lebanese rice is always so delicious so I can't wait to make my own at home. And I won't stir the rice!!

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Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 9:45 PM

My kid is absolutely crazy about rice dishes and since I never prepared lebanese rice before this will be a perfect dinner for both to try something new. This looks very delicious and quite easy to make. Saving to try!

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Byron Thomas said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 9:04 PM

Rice and noodles in the same dish? I think I've died and gone to carb heaven. LOL. I love anything Lebanese, so you had my attention right away.

valmg @ From Val's Kitchen said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 8:38 AM

I don't believe I've ever had Lebanese rice but I love rice so I'd be happy to try it! Not stirring would definitely be a challenge for me.

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 4:44 AM

I've never had rice cooked this way. It really sounds so good with browning the vermicelli. And I did know about stirring rice unless you want to make risotto. Thank you for sharing. I'm going to try this out.

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Leah said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 7:57 AM

I have never had Lebanese rice! Sounds really tasty, and I can't wait to try it!

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Jessica (swanky recipes) said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 7:17 AM

The hubs and I are rice enthusiasts and are always looking for new recipes to try! Love how simple this recipe is and that is uses just a few ingredients. Can't wait to try!

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Kathy said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 6:55 AM

I haven't had Lebanese rice in a very long time but with your instructions and tips (more like the secret for success) I am going to have to give this a try!

Sara @ Modern Little Victories said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 1:44 AM

I can second the fact that stirring the rice is the worst thing you can do!! This rice looks so good I need to try it!

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Kylee from Kylee Cooks said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Rice is one of those things that people feel so strongly about and debate how to make! Lol. I love the look and sound of this rice - it came out perfect! I now *need* a rice paddle... can you recommend one?

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Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 11:03 PM

I have never that this type of rice. I will certainly have to give it a try....and NOT STIR!! Isn't it funny how the dishes that seem so simple can be the most difficult to pull off.

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Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 9:58 PM

I've had this before but didn't know what it was officially called - now I do! It's really good so adding this to my "things to make" list!

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Veena Azmanov said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 9:15 PM

I love Lebanese rice especially with the vermicelli inside, Looks so delish. Can't wait to try.

Sarah @ Champagne Tastes said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Ooo- I've never had Lebanese rice before! I love rice though, and eat it all week long. I'll have to try this!!

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Stephanie@ApplesforCJ said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 3:50 AM

I really didn't know what lebanese rice was so it was interesting to find out. Vermicelli sounds like a great addition. I use rice a lot but mostly brown rice. Need to give this a try!

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