Rice: Egyptian Style!

Here’s an easy recipe for Egyptian rice.  We’ve altered it slightly from the traditional rice in order to make it vegan and a bit more healthy, but it definitely hits the spot!  Everyone (even my Egyptian friends who are a bit picky) really like this – even with the twists we’ve added!

So, here it goes!

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup brown rice*
  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1/4 cup vermicelli
  • 1 tablespoon of corn oil
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water

1.  Pick over and then wash the rice.  (*You can use 1 whole cup of white rice if you like, rather than 1/2 brown and 1/2 white.  However, the addition of the brown rice adds protein and fiber and really is not that noticeable when mixed with the white.)


Rice (brown and white)


2.  Heat the oil.  Add the vermicelli and fry until golden brown.




Golden Vermicelli


3.  Add the rice. Break up the veggie bouillon cube and add.  Stir.

4.  Add the water.  Make sure it completely covers the rice.  You can add more if it doesn’t.

5.  Bring to a boil then decrease the heat to a simmer.

6.  Cover and cook from 35-45 minutes on low heat.


Egyptian Style Rice



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  6. I’d like to buy brown rice but when I stopped by a store which sell grains and beans, I could not find it. The shopkeeper did not understand my question 😦

  7. Plus, is there a cooking class in Cairo? I’d like to how to cook egyptian food and I think your blog is great, but the only problem is I’m complete novice in cooking Egyptian food so I don’t know the right taste, which means I can’t estimate my cooking, haha.

    • Hi Eunpah! When you shop for brown rice you can ask for “roz bonni”. I usually find an organic version in the supermarket made by Isis. It’s kind of uncommon to find it in a regular bean/grains shop.

      There may be cooking classes in Cairo, but we are pretty sure you would not find any vegan ones. The best thing we can suggest is to make friends with some Egyptians and they will definitely invite you over! (Egyptians are super hospitable!) Just be sure to mention that you are vegetarian. :).

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