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Lebanese rice in a grey bowl garnished with parsley
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Lebanese rice

Simple and easy no fuss recipe for rice with vermicelli. No rinsing, no soaking recipe for a quick, easy and fluffy rice each time.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Egyptian, Lebanese, Middle East
Servings: 6
Calories: 339.6kcal
Author: Amira


  • 2 cups (390g) basmati rice., not rinsed. Note1
  • 1 cup (100g) vermicelli pasta.
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee. Note2
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil.
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to your liking.
  • 3 1/4 cup tap water. Note3


  • In a medium pot over medium heat, add ghee and olive oil. Wait for ghee to melt.
  • Add vermicelli pasta and keep stirring until it turns golden brown.
  • Add rice and keep stirring until all rice granules well coated with fat.
  • Add salt and mix then pour water over. Note4
  • Bring the mixture to a full boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and let it cook for 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it steam for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove cover, fluff with a spatula and do not use a fork. Note5
  • Serve as a side with your favorite main dish.


Note1: If you wash your rice reduce water by 1/4 cup.
Note2: I love using ghee for an authentic Middle Eastern flavor, you can use butter instead.
Note3: some people use chicken stock for their rice instead of water as it gives more flavor. For me, I am used to rice this way with only water.
Note4: Add salt to the rice before pouring in water. This helps the rice absorb salt evenly. Do not add salt after the rice is cooked, rice will be salty.
Note5: Use a rubber spatula to fluff the rice not a fork. This is a trick I have read recently.
Leftover and freezing directions:
This rice freezes beautifully for about a month. When ready to use take it out, cover, and microwave for 2 minutes. You can also thaw it, then mix it with a little water in a pot and reheat on stovetop. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to a week in a clean container. Reheat the same way with a little water on the stovetop or for 1 minute in the microwave.
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Vitamins are in percentage value. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The no rinse, no soak method was inspired by this post.


Calories: 339.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 60.3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35.9mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.6g | Iron: 13.6mg