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The Perfect Egyptian Rice with Vermicelli

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Egyptian rice is a very short grain rice, grown in Egypt. It is not cooked the same way as medium or long grain rice. When cooked, it is supposed to have a fluffy texture, not at all sticky."
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36 m servings 330
Original recipe yields 3 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add vermicelli; cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour in rice and salt; stir until coated with oil.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Cook the rice mixture, stirring constantly, until rice turns pasty white, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  4. Stir water into the rice mixture. Cover; cook until most of the water is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off heat; let sit until remaining water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Most often, Egyptian rice is cooked with very short vermicelli pasta. If you don't have short vermicelli pasta available, you can break regular long vermicelli into about 1/2-inch pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 330 calories; 7.3 59.1 5.5 0 57 Full nutrition

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I have trying to make our Egyptian rice to come out fluffy like the (super easy to make) Basmati Rice for weeks with no luck until I followed your method exactly and it finally worked. Will def...

While I'm sure it is not the authentic way of doing it, I made the decision to use homemade chicken stock instead of water. The vermicilli burns quick so keep a close eye on it. This is universa...

Try Ghee instead of oil and some cumin. If I make 2 cups of rice, I use 2.25 cups of water.