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A spoonful of Egyptian rice.

Egyptian Rice

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  • Author: Riz | Chocolates & Chai
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large pot of Egyptian rice 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Egyptian rice  رز بالشعرية (roz bel shareya) is one of the staples of Egyptian cuisine. This popular rice cooked with vermicelli noodles is a hearty dish that pairs wonderfully with many recipes, but is typically eaten alongside meat (such as lamb) or vegetables.


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 cup short vermicelli
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Egyptian rice


Prepare the rice

In a large bowl, wash and rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Soak the washed rice for about 30 minutes. Drain well.

Cook rice with vermicelli

  1. In a large pot, melt ghee over medium heat, add the vermicelli. Stir using a wooden spoon until the vermicelli becomes golden brown.
  2. Add chicken broth and salt. Stir gently and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Add the drained rice, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the mixture returns to a boil, turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed. Remove from heat, and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Check the rice has been cooked, fluff it with a fork, and then transfer to a plate for serving. Enjoy!


  • Short vermicelli is not the same as “rice noodles” (the terms are often synonymous in the West). Short vermicelli as seen in the Middle East is a very fine wheat noodle that’s usually sold broken in small pieces. Angel hair pasta is a good substitute if you can’t find any short vermicelli near you.
  • Make sure to soak the rice for 30 minutes. If skipped, the rice will not have the desired softness.
  • Don’t soak the rice for more than 30 minutes as it may become mushy.
  • If you’re serving the rice by itself, a sprinkle of fresh parsley adds a bit of color for the sake of presentation.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Rest Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian
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