Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A Syrian friend gave me this. They got it off the internet because they missed their mom's rice. I wish I knew who to credit.My DH who lived in Lebanon when he was young even says this is like the rice his mom makes, maybe even a little better!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the rice in strainer.
  2. Soak rice for 15 minutes in hot water.
  3. Put butter in pan, melt, and then brown Spaghetti pieces or Orzo using a medium heat.
  4. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  5. Now drain your rice that is soaking and add it to the butter/ Spaghetti (or Orzo) in your pan.
  6. Saute the rice for approximately 5 minutes with medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning the rice.
  7. You want a nice light brown color.
  8. After rice is browned, add 4 Cups Hot Water and Salt.
  9. Cover and bring to a boil.
  10. You want it to boil briskly for about 5 minutes.
  11. Turn heat to LOW and cook until all the water is absorbed.
  12. This should take about 15 minutes with Very Low heat.
  13. You might want to stir once or twice to make sure it is not burning.
  14. Uncover when you are ready to serve and make sure to stir it again at this point.
Most Helpful

A previous reviewer stated they found this bland, so I subbed chicken stock for the water, but it was still a tad bland. Maybe some herbs would perk it up. The recipe itself is very easy and cooking times were right on. I cut the recipe in half with no problem. I may add some chopped onion or chives to it next time. It is a good basic recipe that lends itself to additions, I think.

Outta Here July 10, 2011

I personally didn't like it :( , it was a little bland for my taste, I tried it again using olive oil, frying a piece of garlic first in it, also I used chicken stock powder instead of salt, and I think the flavor really improved with that

megu_megu June 27, 2010