Rice

Rice is consumed in great quantities in the Middle East. Two of the most popular types include Basmati and Jasmine. You know how some favor the Cubs over the White Sox? Or Team Jacob over Team Edward? Assyrians prefer one type of rice or the other. For example, my mother always preferred Jasmine rice. It’s the only kind she ever used. I guess I take after my mother, as you’ll notice after browsing through my recipes. However, if you prefer Basmati, feel free to substitute it for the Jasmine.

Some of the recipes in this category are a meal in themselves, like Biryani (which is loaded with chicken, potatoes, and meatballs). Others are normally served as sides; usually accompanied by stew or salad. But not all the recipes in this category are Middle Eastern. My Mexican/Spanish rice goes perfectly with any Mexican meal.

Makloubi (Upside-down Rice)

Makloubi (Upside-down Rice)

I’m sure you’ve heard of upside-down pineapple cake, but have you heard of upside-down rice before? If not, I’m here to tell you all about it!

Healthy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe  ( Assyrian Pirda )

Healthy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe ( Assyrian Pirda )

Stop the presses! Today I’m sharing a recipe for a grain that’s healthier than rice, and has a delicious nutty flavor! That grain is called “bulgur.” Bulgur is not a commonly used word in the English language. I guess for a good reason, since it is Turkish in origin.

Edamame Dill Rice (Assyrian Recipe)

Edamame Dill Rice (Assyrian Recipe)

Edamame Dill Rice is my spin on a popular Assyrian rice traditionally made with lima beans and dill. This rice is served alongside chicken and meat kabobs, or eaten by itself as a vegetarian dish.

Mexican Spanish Rice

Mexican Spanish Rice

So, you might be wondering, what’s with the name? Are we making Spanish rice or Mexican rice?  In truth, I had a hard time deciding what to name this recipe. You see, I wanted those searching for both names to be able to find this […]

Creamy Coconut Rice

Creamy Coconut Rice

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, maybe you’ve noticed that I LOVE rice! If I was going to be stranded on an island (and didn’t care about gaining weight) rice would easily be my food of choice.

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Rice, a staple in the Assyrian diet, is served as a side to most meals. Whether it’s present alongside stew or kababs, or as the main meal, as in Biryani, somehow we manage to sneak it into the menu.