Arabic White Rice

One of the hardest things for me to get down when I started cooking was the correct way to cook rice. Growing up we never ate rice with our meals and the only time I ever remember having it was for dessert, which was served with milk and sugar and not that often. However, when you marry an Arab you better learn how to cook rice because most meals that do not involve rice do not equal much of a meal and I have become quite fond of the dish myself. You can really do a lot with rice I have found out over the years. This recipe is the simple white plain rice you will find served at most tables. Saudis usually add maggi (chicken or rice) to their rice, but you can replace the water with chicken broth if you would like.

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup basmati rice, washed
2 cups water
Salt, to taste

1. In a saucepan on high heat add butter, rice and salt. Mix then add water. Bring to a full boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes then serve.

Yields: 4 servings

14 Responses to Arabic White Rice

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  • Cool… I never knew the vinegar trick!

  • I always wondered when I make rissotto if I can replace the wine with vinegar. What basmati rice are you using, it’t thick like Uncle Bens?

  • Thanks everyone and I emailed you all back :)

  • Salam alaikum wa ramatulah wa barakatu sister, I think this is perfect instructions and was looking to cook rice this way properly for a while. I made the taste even tastier by adding saffron to the turmeric, which I ground in my mortar and pestle with the turmeric powder. I made half the amount with homemade chicken broth to be gluten free. I will make this again.

  • Yuume♥♥

  • thank you all :)

  • Zelia I use the basmati rice the brand called Aliya in a shiny blue bag. Its the only brand I ever like and its clean.

  • Can someone please tell me how to make red Arabic red rice I want to surprise my bf his mom always makes it n idk how:(

  • Hey there!!
    First, your site is my fav for middle eastern cuisine. I referred to this recipe many times making arabic rice. However, you’ve changed it I think and I would love to get the original from you. The recipe I’m referring to had maggi and lots of butter!! :)
    Thank you,

  • Hey there!
    I use this recipe all the time it’s the best but I believe you’ve edited it. The one before was larger with a big lot of butter. Is there any way I can get the original? :)
    Thank you!!

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