Turkish Rice with Fideos, also known as pilav, is a common dish in Turkey. My mom makes this on a regular basis and it is what I grew up eating most weeknights. Rice is a staple food in Turkey. It is a basic recipe and one that will impress your friends and family. The fideos give it a toasted taste which adds a lot of flavor. The consistency should be soft, but not mushy nor sticky; the overall consistency will be creamy. Instead of fideos, you can also use orzo pasta, which is an acceptable substitute and is used more often in the traditional version.
What's also great about this dish is that can be served any time of year and is so versatile, it goes well with just about any meal! It especially goes well with grilled foods or Turkish "stew" dishes such as Turkish Leeks, Turkish Green Beans with Ground Beef and White Bean and Lamb Stew & more!
To prepare this dish, you need to start by washing the rice and putting it aside. I recommend you do this for at least 30 minutes. Allowing the rice to sit in water helps release the excess starch. If you do not have time or do not care about the excess starch, you can get away with just rinsing the rice under cold water.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter under medium heat. Add the fideos, vermicelli or Orzo Pasta. Mix with a spoon until brown (Be careful, once it starts turning brown, it browns fast to where if you are not careful, it will burn). Add the rice and mix with the fideos. Stir for about 30 seconds, then add the water or chicken broth. Once it boils, lower the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and cook for about 15 minutes or until done.
Preparing the rice in this manner will make it fluffy, rather than sticky due to the water to rice ratios. If you like stickier rice, change the ratio to 1 1/2 cup of rice to 2 1/2 cups of water.
Serve hot. This Turkish rice recipe goes well with just about any main course dish. You can make extra and save it for leftovers. Use the leftover rice in stir drys, and you can even use it in burritos by adding a bit of cilantro!
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