Saudi Carrot Basmati Rice (Zainab's Mom's)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

I give this 5 stars. It's very delicious and a nice colourful presentation. I serve this along with a small whole roasted chicken and a fresh salad. Modified from

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Also required: 2 paper towels cut in half.
  2. Wash rice in a sieve until water runs clear.
  3. Soak rice for at least 15 minutes in a pot of cold water.
  4. Toast pine nuts in a small dry frying pan until browned a bit. Be careful not to burn them.
  5. Drain rice and add all ingredients to a large bottomed pot.
  6. Cover and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for 13-18 minutes, still covered.
  8. Uncover and fuff with a fork leaving it on the same burner.
  9. Place 3 of the paper towel pieces around the rim of the pot and cover tightly again.
  10. Use the forth one for any mess or save for later.
  11. Leave to sit for 20 minutes with paper towels. (This makes for fluffier rice).
  12. Fluff again and serve.


Most Helpful

Very mild tasting and enjoy the pine nuts for a bit of texture. I was unable to find basmatic so bought a short grain rice. Weird but in rural Wisconsin, there are limitations. For step 11, I left the rice on burner with the heat off. The towel technique works really well.

WiGal August 09, 2011

Great recipe! Instructions were right on and flavor was wonderful. I keep your Saudi Kabsa Spice Mix (recipe 369025) on hand, since making it earlier this year. Thanks for this keeper. Made for Holiday Side Dish game at

Outta Here December 05, 2010

Beautiful & delicious! The aromas when I added the spices....mmmmmm! Of course dh had to complain that there was 'too much cardamom' (??) but so what. I found i was out of pignoli so I subbed slivered almonds. thank you! made forzwt6. :)

Elmotoo June 18, 2010

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