Delicious and flavorful Lebanese restaurant-style rice pilaf

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Delicious and flavorful Lebanese restaurant-style rice pilaf
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on April 08, 2024

This Lebanese restaurant rice pilaf recipe is a savory and aromatic dish that is perfect for special occasions or as a side for any meal. The combination of rice, vermicelli, nuts, and spices creates a dish that is both simple and elegant.


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup vermicelli, broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the vermicelli and cook until golden brown, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
  3. Add the rice and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the rice is lightly toasted.
  4. Stir in the nuts, cinnamon, cumin, and allspice, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving, garnish with additional nuts if desired.

Interesting Facts

  • Rice pilaf is a staple in Lebanese cuisine and is often served at weddings and other special occasions.
  • The addition of vermicelli gives this dish a unique texture and flavor profile.
  • Nuts are a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine and add a delicious crunch to this rice pilaf.