Lebanese Rice with Vermicelli

Lebanese Rice with Vermicelli is a staple dish in Middle Eastern cuisine. A simple recipe using very few ingredients, this makes a great side dish. 
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Author: Priya Lakshminarayan

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup vermicelli pasta
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee
  • Salt and pepper as required
  • 1 bunch parsley - chopped
  • 3.5 - 4 cups water - in rice cooker

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash rice 2-3 times and then soak it for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat ghee/clarified butter in a pan. Roast vermicelli till they turn golden brown. Be careful to not burn it. Drain water from the rice and add it to the pan. Mix and toast it for 2-3 minutes so that the ghee coats the rice well. Add salt and pepper to the mix.
  • Transfer this to a rice cooker, add water and cook it. Once done, separate the grains using a fork and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve it hot along with any main course.
NOTES
If you want some crunch in the dish, add some toasted pine nuts as garnish.