Spicy Arabic Rice

Arabic rice has its own taste that differ it from other recipes. Try out this easy recipe.


Spicy Arabic Rice
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Onion 1 medium (chopped)
  • Tomatoes 2 (chopped)
  • Tomato paste 1 tbsp
  • Dry lemon skin 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Basmati rice 2 cups
  • Water as required
For Spices
  • Turmeric 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper ½ tsp
  • Ginger powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder ½ tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Cloves (approximately 6 of them)
  • Cardamom (approximately 6 of them)
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion. Now add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, dried lemon and bay leaf.
  2. Add the basmati rice into the pan, followed by the water. Stir the rice, making sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Stir in all the spices (mentioned in spices). Bring the rice to the boil. Simmer until the rice has absorbed the water. Serve!
To cook basmati rice, for every 1 cup of rice, cook in 1½ cups of water.