Bring the flair and flavor of two cultures to this year’s holiday meals with this impressive and flavorful rice and vermicelli noodle dish.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat; cook noodles for 3 to 4 minutes, turning over until golden brown, puffed and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Heat remaining oil in the same saucepan set over medium heat; cook garlic and ginger for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in white rice, salt and pepper; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until well coated. Add 3 1/2 cups water; bring to boil.
Stir in noodles, raisins, soy sauce and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with parsley, cilantro, mint and almonds.
For a festive golden hue and exotic flavor, add a pinch of saffron threads to 2 tbsp boiled water; steep for 5 minutes. Add to the cooking water for rice.
If you are looking to add new dishes to your Christmas dinner spread this year, look no further than this fragrant and delicious Christmas Arab Rice Peruvian-Style. Made with fluffy Mahatma® White Rice, vermicelli noodles, raisins, mint, almonds, soy sauce, and brown sugar, you will enjoy a perfect combination of sweet and savory with a bit of added crunch. And if you want to make this already lovely and tasty dish even more festive, add a small bit of saffron to the water when cooking the rice for a beautiful golden hue and an extra pop of exotic flavor. Everyone at this year’s Christmas dinner will surely request that this tasty dish become a new holiday tradition.
Like the idea of bringing several international flavors to this year’s holiday spread? We don’t blame you, there are so many delicious rice dishes from around the world to be enjoyed! Switch things up at this year’s Christmas dinner and include some new dishes like this Latin-inspired Creamy Rice with Nopalitos and Turkey, this fun, vibrant, and delicious Brazilian Shrimp Stuffed Pumpkin, a delicious dish from Jasmine Thai cuisine, Calypso Rice Caribbean-Style or an easy Mexican Rice recipe. Or why not head to the Mediterranean for our irresistible chicken paella recipe? Your dinner guests will be so impressed!