Sayadieh Rice

"Being a staple Lebanese dish that has become quite popular around the globe, Sayadieh is a rice-based dish that is made with rice, fish, a host of aromatics, and many other flavorful ingredients. It is not only popular in Lebanon but also quite loved and savoured by the people of other middle eastern countries as well – for example, you would find this dish being served at many of the best restaurants in Doha. However, with the current state of things in the world, if you are someone, who is unable to travel due to concerns of health and safety, here is an easy to follow recipe using which you could enjoy this dish from the safe confines your home."
-- @kale8298
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  • • baby hamour fish 250 grams
  • • Water 1½ L
  • • Large onions, (chopped) 3
  • • long grain rice 2 Cups
  • • oil 3 Tbsp
  • • salt 2 Tsp
  • • pepper 1 Tsp
  • • parsley 5grams
  • • cumin 1 Tsp
  • • grilled pine nuts (optional) 2 Tbsp
  • • fish stock 1 Cup
  • • tahini (sesame paste) 1/2 cup
  • • lemon juice 1/2 cup
  • • Salt to Taste


  • Step 1

    Place a pan on medium-high heat and once the pan is hot, add in the oil, after few seconds, add in the fish and chopped onion – the quantity of one whole onion. Let it for five minutes. Then, add the water and cumin seasoning the mixture with salt and pepper. Once you have added all the ingredients, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for an additional 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    After 30 minutes, strain the stock and keep it aside.

  • Step 3

    Take a large skillet and place it on a medium level of heat, add in 2 tbsp oil. Then, add the rest of the chopped onions and fry until they are golden brown. Once they reach the desired colour, remove the onions from the oil, and set aside.

  • Step 4

    Next, into a large pot, add in four cups of fish stock and bring the liquid to a boil.

  • Step 5

    Then add the rice into the pot and cook on low heat, for up to 15-20 minutes.

  • Step 6

    For the sauce, mix all the ingredients mentioned on the list until it reaches a smooth consistency.

  • Step 7

    To serve, on to a large dish, layer the rice topping it with the fish, and sprinkle the fried onions., pine nuts and fresh parsley. Serve it hot with the sauce on the side

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