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.