Grandma’s Lebanese Rice Pilaf

Jaf and Lou Lou love their RICE!

Enjoying her rice!
Enjoying her rice!

Especially their grandmother’s rice, a special kind of rice that only Teta (meaning “grandmother” in Arabic) makes and today we share that recipe with you.  Lou Lou has become an expert in preparing this Lebanese Rice Pilaf dish which goes well with certain dishes in many households throughout Lebanon such as; Fasoulia (White Bean and Beef Stew), Molokiah and Kafta Bil Patata.

I had to learn how to make this rice since we eat it almost once a week.  It’s so easy to make and you’re kids will enjoy helping you make it!

First you’ll need these ingredients;

Teta’s Lebanese Rice Pilaf

1/2 cup spaghetti

2 tablespoons butter

2 cups long grain rice

2 1/4 cup water

1 tsp salt

(full receipe below)

The ingredients :)
The ingredients 🙂 Long grain rice, spaghetti or angel hair pasta works
Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Your kids will enjoy breaking up the pasta.

Measure and pour 2 cups of rice in a bowl, set aside. Have your kids break up the spaghetti into 1/2 inch pieces while you wash and soak the rice for 5 minutes in cool water.

Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Let sit for 5 minutes.

In a medium pot, add butter until melted and sizzling.  Add spaghetti and mix until light brown, stirring constantly to avoid burning.

Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Lou Lou helping out with the browning of the spaghetti. She loves to cook!
Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Pasta should look like this.

The spaghetti will start to turn brown.  You don’t need them all to be a dark brown color but at least majority more than half.

Lebanese Rice Pilaf
What is should look like when “browned”.

Remove water from soaked rice and add rice to cooked spaghetti mixture (be careful from the stem it will produce when you add the rice, it can burn your finger). Mix together and add salt.

Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Add soaked rice
Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Mix together and salt

Add 2 1/4 cup water to rice and boil until water almost disappears.


Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Did you know if you place a wooden spoon over the rice it won’t overflow?
Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Boil rice until water is almost gone.

Reduce to low heat and cover pot to let rice sit for additional 10-15 minutes.  After 5 minutes, mix rice and add more salt (or butter) if needed, keep pot covered it not fully cooked.

Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Rice will look like this after it sits in pot for 10-15 minutes.
Lebanese Rice Pilaf
Lou Lou and her rice 🙂

Sit, serve and enjoy!

Teta’s Lebanese Rice Pilaf


4-6 Servings

1/2 cup spaghetti

2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 cups long grain rice

1 1/4 cup water

1 tsp salt


  • Sauté spaghetti in butter on medium heat until light brown in color. Stirring constantly.
  • Add uncooked rice.
  • Add water.
  • Stir until rice boils.
  • Cover and turn heat to low. Simmer until the rice is cooked, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Uncover and fluff rice gently with a fork.
  • Place in serving dish and serve warm.

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