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Rice Sharia– Rice with fried noodles

This is a common rice served in the Middle East that is usually served with a saucy dish. I watched my mother in law as well as many friends make it and this is how I make it.


2 cups Basmati rice

1 cup sharia noodles, small pieces of vermicelli noodles broken up. In Saudi they have little packages of these type of noodles. I found them at an Arabic food store. Β My mother in law just broke the noodles up herself.


some olive oil

4 1/2 cups of water

1 tsp. salt or salt to taste


Using a large pan, put olive oil in pan, add noodles. Fry the noodles being careful not to burn. Stir noodles around to brown them.


When they are done, add water and salt. Bring to a boil, follow package instructions for preparing rice for cooking. Also, if you are using a rice other than Basmati, follow package instructions for cooking and amount of water. Add rice to boiling water, cook 5 minutes on high, then cover rice and turn to medium, cook 10 minutes, turn to low, cook 10 more minutes until done. Stir rice gently so it does not stick.


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  1. I have never seen a recipe like this before. Very interesting. Will give it a try soon.

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    September 8, 2015
  2. I love rice! The little crunch sounds like a fun way to mix it up!

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    September 8, 2015
  3. Vibrant #

    I have heard of Basmati rice

    And Sharia law πŸ˜›

    Is that where it gets name from?

    Best Wishes,

    Anand πŸ™‚


    September 8, 2015
  4. This looks yummy Lynz! πŸ™‚

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    September 8, 2015
  5. Nice way to serve noodles/rice combo!!!

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    September 8, 2015
  6. omtatjuan3 #

    Sharia rice.. Doesn’t Sharia mean laws of sorts…

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    September 8, 2015
    • something different, I don’t know arabic well but just the slightest letter changes everything! That is a word for laws yes, but these are noodles ha ha

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      September 8, 2015
      • omtatjuan3 #

        Noodle Law then so be it. Tell me you have recipes for cooling down during a hot day….?

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        September 8, 2015
        • ha ha yes love it Juan! I think the salads are always good!

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          September 8, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            Let me rephrase that statement, anything cool that doesn’t have yogurt of any sort in it… You can drive me away with yogurt…

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            September 8, 2015
          • ha ha not sure will have to think, but any of the salads are yummy when it’s hot


            September 8, 2015
  7. I’ve had something like this with chicken chunks mixed in. Would that work?

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    September 8, 2015
  8. This such a unique recipe , can we use any other kinds of noodle here too?

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    September 8, 2015
  9. Sounds yummy, Lynn.

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    September 8, 2015
  10. This is one of those recipes that I have seen in a mix or out of a box but never homemade. Thank you!

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    September 8, 2015
  11. This sounds great for when you’re bored of just rice! My boyfriend is obsessed with finding a dish he ate in Egypt, it was a mix of rice, noodles and lentils, he said they ate it with almost every meal. Do you have any idea what it could be? I’d love to make it for him someday.


    September 8, 2015
  12. Very interesting recipe. I have no idea that there is some dish like this. Thanks for sharing it. I will definitely try to prepare this dish.

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    September 8, 2015
  13. Looks very nice Lynz πŸ™‚

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    September 9, 2015
  14. Afrika Bohemian #

    Should try this, I do not cook basmati rice much but this I want to give a try. Thanks for the inspiration

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    September 9, 2015
  15. My husband is from Colombia and his family eats rice like this often. So delicious!

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    September 9, 2015
  16. A must try! Reminiscent of Rice a Roni, but no need for a box! Brilliant!

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    September 9, 2015
  17. Interesting combo! I have never tried a mix of rice and noddles together. I think it will create quite an interesting texture πŸ˜‰

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    September 10, 2015
  18. This looks fascinating. I love that you address the prospect of using a rice other than basmati…although I do love basmati also.

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    September 12, 2015
  19. Good idea! I should try this:)

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    September 13, 2015

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