Vermicelli Rice Pilaf

Vermicelli Rice Pilaf

Vermicelli Rice Pilaf 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

After a busy day, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. Luckily, this easy weeknight vermicelli rice requires no advanced prep ahead. A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, rice pilaf is made with vermicelli.

Along with hummus, vermicelli Rice Pilaf is a staple in every middle eastern home. We love eating it alongside meat stews and vegetable dishes. We definitely love our rice dishes.  But this is my all-time favourite way to eat this – served with yogurt-

A bowl of warm vermicelli rice, topped with yogurt seasoned with salt with a drizzle of olive oil is amazing yum!!!!

rice vermicelli in a pot


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup of vermicelli pasta broken
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups hot water
  • Salt to season

Cook’s Note

*you can use ghee or butter instead of olive oil.  Traditionally vermicelli rice is made with ghee
*vermicelli egg pasta is different to the Asian rice vermicelli
*Broken vermicelli is available in most supermarkets

Step 1.
Wash rice under cold water until it’s colour turns clear.  Set aside.

Step 2.
Heat oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat.  Add the vermicelli and stir for approximately 2-3 minutes until golden in colour.   Add the rice and stir until well coated with oil.

rice pilaf fried with vermicelli

Step 3.
Pour in the hot water and season with salt.  Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for approximately 20 minutes stirring once or twice.

Turn the heat off and let the rice rest for 5 minutes.

Rice with Vermicilli served with yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil

Serves 4-6

Rice Pilaf
Easy Recipe
family recipe
2 simple ingredients

Serve this with the easy lemon herb chicken or the delicious vegetarian eggplant and chickpea stew,

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health