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Syrian Rice
From: Kristi

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!


  • 2 cups long grain white rice (Not short grained!)
  • 6 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup of broken spaghetti ((pieces, about 1 inch) or orzo pasta
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt, depending to taste

Wash the rice in strainer.

Soak rice for 15 minutes in hot water.

Put margarine in pan, melt, and then brown Spaghetti pieces or Orzo using a medium heat.

Be careful not to burn the margarine.

Now drain your rice that is soaking and add it to the margarine/ Spaghetti (or Orzo) in your pan.

Saute the rice for approximately 5 minutes with medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning the rice.

You want a nice light brown color.

After rice is browned, add 4 Cups Hot Water and Salt.

Cover and bring to a boil.

You want it to boil briskly for about 5 minutes.

Turn heat to LOW and cook until all the water is absorbed.

This should take about 15 minutes with Very Low heat.

You might want to stir once or twice to make sure it is not burning.

Uncover when you are ready to serve and make sure to stir it again at this point.