Bukhari Roz


This recipe is one of my most prized possessions and has been one of those secret recipes for years that I could not bear to share with the world. I get tons of emails from my readers all asking the same thing “tell us more about rice”. You all want to know how to cook rice and more recipes including it and well I love you all so I have to help out I mean that’s the entire point of Ya Salam Cooking. So throughout the next few weeks I will be sharing with you tons of my rice recipes and tips inshAllah. Anyway, Ramadan is right around the corner can you even believe it? I have so many things in store for you all.

I am not even kidding when I say this is the best rice you will ever have and now you can make it to and get all the rave reviews that you deserve. This is a popular recipe here in Saudi and you can take a look at my older recipe which is different and includes chicken. Today I made this for my son for lunch. He loves his roz such a Saudi, right?
1 cup basmati rice, cleaned
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 small white onion, diced
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Arabic Gulf spice
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Dash pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
6 green cardamoms
4 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped carrots (I used baby carrots)
1 small tomato, diced
1-1/2 cups water
1. In a 1-quart saucepan on medium heat add sunflower oil, onion and carrots. Cook until tender about 3 minutes. Add tomato and raisins, cooking for another 3 minutes.
2. Add sultanas, salt, Arabic Gulf spice, turmeric, pepper, red pepper flakes, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaf, stir. Add rice and mix well. Allow to cook for 2 minutes then add water, mix well.
3. Bring to a full boil then cover top with a cloth then a lid. Reduce heat to low and allow cooking for 25 minutes (never opening lid). Fluff with a fork and serve.
Yields: 3-4 servings

19 Responses to Bukhari Roz

  • Looks delicious masha’Allaah. Want to try it soon. Jazaaki Allaah!

  • yummy thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you so much! I get excited when you add Saudi recipes!!! We make this rice recipe often but I use a green chili pepper instead of the red pepper flakes. It’s so yummy with chicken and the rice tastes even better when you use the chicken stock. Some of our Saudi guests don’t like raisans but I LOVE raisans in my rice :)

    I’m excited to see your up and coming recipes before Ramadan inshaAllah :))))))

  • Salam Alaikum,

    Beautiful rice dish mashaAllah, my rice always sticks together even i rinse it first, any suggestions?

  • Thanks everyone try it I know you will love it.

    Kristin wow Saudis who do not like raisins I have never heard such lol. I usually do use broth for most rice recipes but the taste for bukhari should be different. Glad you like my recipes and I promise you will love my recipes for Ramadan I am gearing up that is YSC big time :)

    Asmaa maybe its the brand you use.

  • Noor: I wil make it with water next time iA. Yup, I put raisans in my Kebsa too so I have learned to ask our guests, before I cook, if they like raisans, lol. I don’t get how people don’t like them but to each’s own :)

  • Asmaa & Noor: I read in one of Noor’s recipes to add vinegar to the water before cooking rice so that it doesn’t stick but I only do that now when I make white rice. Do you think that might work in this recipe Noor?

  • I have never tried it with any others bc I use other things that really do not make it stick but she could try it for sure. Its here Asmaa:

  • i have never heard of putting vinegar whilst cooking rice, seems strange.

  • Really! People all over have been doing it for years so rice does not stick. You do not taste it at all.

  • looks delicious :)

    i was at a flea market recently and came across these bags… and when i asked how much they were, the man told me i could just take one – nd that they were just rice bags. but they had zippers on them… and were pretty heavy duty. i could use them as grocery bags or book bags (for when i go to the library!) ahah.

    when i got home, i looked at it closer and along with writing from a diff language, i noticed it read: basmati rice.

    sorry, that came up when i saw the recipe.. eheh.


  • Lol yea the language was probably urdu that they speak in Pakistan thats where most the rice comes from.

  • That looks yummy! I’m going to make this as soon as I find out about the Arabic Gulf Spice :/

  • Thanks sis and you cam make it easily at home just go to the link :)

  • Thank you!!!
    I was born in Saudi but moved and grown up in Indonesia since 6 years old. Ooh…how much i miss this roz XD
    My mom trying her best to make like the Saudi kabsa, but the taste is diffrent, and the rice is stick to each other, and the tomato is too much XD

    I’ll try as soon as possible, this food bring back my childhood memory :)

  • Enjoy inshAllah

  • I tried this before it was amazing, Im gonna cook it again today. thank you for sharing.

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