Basmati with Toasted Noodles

Basmati with Toasted Noodles Not only a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, this rice dish is also a beautiful bed on which to showcase many dishes. It is fast, simple, and a welcome change from plain, steamed rice.


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 5 mins

    COOK : 20 mins

    TOTAL : 5 mins

    SERVING : 6

    YIELD : 3 1/2 cups

  • Bring the basmati rice, 2 cups of water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the fideo noodles into the skillet in a thin layer, and gently cook and stir, turning the noodles frequently, until they fry to a rust-brown color. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the noodles, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until noodles are tender and water has absorbed, 5 to 8 minutes.

  • Gently fluff the cooked basmati rice with a fork, and lightly fold in the cooked fideo and parsley. Add salt to taste.

Per Serving: 220 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 38.8g; fat 5.2g; sodium 199.2mg. If you can’t find fideo noodles (a Spanish short thin pasta) substitute angel hair pasta, broken into 1-inch pieces.