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A serving of Turkish Rice. The close up shows a mix of the white rice grains and the brown orzo.
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Our Turkish Rice Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for Turkish rice (şehriyeli pilav) which makes a tasty side serving for many Turkish dishes.
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 221kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 1 cup rice we use a standard tea/coffee mug
  • 2 tablespoon orzo or şehriye or vermicelli
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cup hot water or stock use same-sized cup you used to measure the rice


  • Heat your butter in a deep saucepan over a low to medium heat.
  • Now add your şehriye (orzo) to the pan and stir around for a few minutes until you see it start to change colour.
  • As soon as you notice the orzo start to go brown, add your rice and continue to stir. Remember to keep the pan over a low heat and keep stirring, otherwise your rice and orzo will burn.
  • After 3-4 minutes, add the water or stock.
  • There will be a big sizzle and the liquid will bubble up. Turn up the heat and bring the rice to the boil, fully.
  • Once the rice is boiling, give it a couple of stirs around, put a lid on the pan, leaving a small gap, and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Leave your rice to simmer for 8-10 minutes until the water or stock has absorbed.
  • Now remove from the heat, put the lid firmly on the pan and leave the rice to stand for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the lid and fork through your rice.


  • If you find the butter too rich in your Turkish rice, we sometimes just use a glug of olive oil or vegetable oil. This is not traditional and does change the flavour slightly but it makes for an occasional, tasty variation.
  • Whatever size cup you use for your rice, make sure you use the same for your water or stock.
  • Calories are approximate and are calculated on using butter and water as opposed to stock.


Serving: 1Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 87IUCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.5mg
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