Rice and Broken Vermicelli

Rice Pilav with Broken Vermicelli: A flavorful and fragrant dish combining rice and toasted vermicelli for a delightful texture and taste.

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Rice Pilaf (also spelled pilav or pilau) is a flavorful and fragrant dish made with rice, typically cooked with a combination of spices, vegetables, and sometimes meat or seafood. It is a popular dish in many cuisines around the world, including Middle Eastern, Indian, Turkish, and Mediterranean cuisines.

The main ingredient in rice pilaf is long-grain rice, such as basmati or jasmine rice, which is typically sautéed in oil or butter before being cooked. This toasting process helps the rice grains stay separate and adds a subtle nutty flavor to the dish. Broken vermicelli, which are thin pasta strands, are often added to the pilaf to provide additional texture and flavor.

To prepare rice pilaf, the broken vermicelli is first toasted in a bit of oil or butter until golden brown. Then, the rice is added to the pan and lightly sautéed with the vermicelli, allowing the grains to absorb the flavors. Next, a flavorful broth or stock, along with spices such as cumin, cinnamon, or turmeric, is added to the rice mixture. The dish is usually cooked by simmering it on low heat until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.

Vegetables like onions, carrots, peas, or bell peppers are commonly added to the pilaf to enhance its taste and provide color. Some variations of rice pilaf also include cooked chicken, lamb, beef, or shrimp to make it a complete one-pot meal. Once cooked, the pilaf is typically garnished with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro before serving.

Rice pilaf with broken vermicelli is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a main course. It pairs well with a variety of proteins and is often served alongside grilled meats, kebabs, or stews. The combination of aromatic rice, toasted vermicelli, and flavorful spices creates a delicious and satisfying dish that is loved by many.

1 cup of rice, washed and drained
3 tbsp of shortcut vermicelli
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
2.5 cups of boiling water
  1. Take butter and oil into a deep pan and heat until the butter melts.
  2. Add the vermicelli and stir fry until they turn into light brown.
  3. Add the rice and salt and stir fry until they start to stick together and become crunchy.
  4. Add 2.5 cups boiling water and mix.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat until the rice absorbs all the water and is tender.
  6. Turn off the heat and rest for 15 minutes, before serving adding two layer paper towel underneath the lid so it absorbs the excess moisture. 
  7. Hope you enjoy! 
If this recipe is new to you, make sure to watch my tutorial video. I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step (it’s super easy). You’ll have it mastered in no time!
Watch the video tutorial here 👉  https://youtu.be/3bfmGLbsZyI

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