Basic White Rice

Ruz Imfalfal

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Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

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In Gaza, the most widely available rice is the Egyptian medium- or short-grain rice provided through emergency rations. In recent years, Palestinian expatriates returning home from the Gulf states have introduced their families to basmati rice, though this is a luxury few can afford in large quantities.


  • 2 cups (approximately 390 grams) medium-grain rice
  • teaspoons salt


In a bowl, wash the rice well, adding fresh water until it no longer runs cloudy (probably three or four 4 times), then soak it in clean, cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain well.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and the salt and stir on medium-high heat for 2