Arabic Style Rice Recipe

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The variety of rice used for Levantine cooking is a short grain. The soaking in water process is important as it rids of excess starch.


  • 2 cups short grain rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Salt to taste.


· Soak the rice in cold water for a minimum of 1 hour.

· Rinse under cold water several times to get rid of the starch then drain in a colander.

· In a pan on medium heat place the oil and when it is hot sauté the rice for 1 minute then add the salt and water.

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· Cover and when the water has evaporated (with this quantity about 10 minutes) fluff it gently and remove the pot from the fire and set aside.

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· Cover with a kitchen towel and leave it for a further 15 minutes. The steam will continue cooking the rice without over cooking it.

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· Serve hot.

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· Always soak the rice and rinse.

· Always use equal parts of rice and water or stock.

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