Pilaf with Vermicelli Recipe

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  • Yield: 2
  • Serving: 4
  • Prep time: 25 m
  • Cook time: 30 m
  • Ready in: 55 m
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Delight your palate with a classic Middle Eastern dish, Pilaf with Vermicelli, a staple at any gathering. This dish marries golden brown vermicelli noodles with fluffy, seasoned rice for a side that’s versatile and comforting.


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Total Nutritional Values

1100 kcal
Total Fat
24 g
Saturated Fat
14 g
60 mg
2020 mg
Total Carbohydrates
200 g
Dietary Fiber
4 g
4 g
20 g


  • Instructions

    1-Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch. Drain well.

  • 2-In a medium-sized pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the vermicelli noodles and cook, stirring frequently, until they are a rich golden brown.

  • 3-Add the chopped onion to the pot and sauté until translucent and soft.

  • 4-Stir in the drained rice and coat with the buttery vermicelli and onions. Sauté for another minute.

  • 5-Pour in the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Add salt, black pepper, and cinnamon if using.

  • 6-Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.

  • 7-Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the rice to steam.

  • 8-Fluff the pilaf with a fork, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve.

  • Conclusion

    Pilaf with Vermicelli is a dish of simplicity and elegance, perfect alongside grilled meats, vegetables, or enjoyed on its own. It's a testament to the beauty of a few ingredients coming together to create a dish greater than the sum of its parts.

Smart Tips

  • Rice Quality: Use high-quality basmati or jasmine rice for the best flavor and texture.

  • Noodle Toasting: Toast the vermicelli to a deep golden brown for a nuttier flavor.

  • Broth Choices: Opt for homemade or low-sodium broth to control the saltiness and enhance the overall taste.

  • Spice It Up: Incorporate regional spices like cardamom or cloves for an authentic touch.

  • Leftovers Tip: Suggest ways to repurpose leftovers, like stuffing them in peppers or using them as a base for fried rice.

  • Diet Adaptation: For gluten-free diets, suggest using rice noodles instead of vermicelli.

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