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Pilafi me fide (Rice Pilaf with vegetables and vermicelli)

Like bulgur pilaf, in Cyprus we make rice pilaf with vermicelli pasta. We usually add tomatoes in the pilaf as well, just like the bulgur pilaf. The vegetables are my addition to this recipe and you can add whatever boiled or steamed vegetables you like. I did not add tomatoes but used chicken broth instead.  This can be served as a side dish but it also makes a light meal with some yoghurt.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

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  1. PG

    Hadn’t been here for long now. But, you were on my mind ever<y now and then. This time I#ll bookmark you. A great recipe! And you know, I just love to eat rice pilaf with yoghurt. It’s my comfort food. Of course, along with a pinch of roasted crushed cumin. 🙂

  2. PG

    And hey… great now look for your blog. Looks so good!

  3. Aww thanks for the award, Ivy. I have a lot of quirks. LOL. This pilaf looks delicious. I love my pilaf with vermicelli, too. There are so few things better than a nice pilaf with vegetables. You’ve got me craving some.

  4. “pilafi” as we say is delicious in any form as far as I’m concerned. This is quite an interesting recipe Ivy with the addition of “fide”…mmm. Congratulations on your award and thank you (again) fo another award!

  5. I am lovin’ that rice Ivy – especially the fact that you took the trouble to mould it for the picture.

    Thanks for the award – I laughed, because before I saw this post, I had given you the same award – check it out:



  6. Very nice pilaf indeed and I do like the addition of veggies.

  7. What a cute meme! Thanks so much for doing it so quickly! You are the first to finish it.
    Congratulations on both of your awards. Great job.

    Oh, and I love the pilaf with vermicelli… Ivy are your originally from Cyprus? I have a very close friend from there, and her cooking is somewhat different. That is the reason I ask…

  8. Thank you so much for the award sis!!I love the pilafi as well. It sounds so delicious with the vermicelli:D

  9. giz

    What can we say – many thanks for the award. It’s so good to be recognized in a jury (kinda dramatic no?) of one’s peers.

    The pilaf has a twist – I love that – the vermicelli must give it some crunch when you fry it. I could just eat it as a main.
    The new site is really coming along and looks terrific. Just one complaint – the music is so soothing, I didn’t want to leave and was kind of upset when the massage person didn’t show up. It’s so spa music.

  10. Ivy

    ivyliac@gmail.com |

    Hi everyone and thanks for coming over to comment. We passed on to winter just like that no fall in between. Last week it was 30 degrees and today its 15 degrees.

    Giz, I just wanted to tell you that the massage is on the house. Imagine me rubbing your shoulders and back, aaaah, how relaxing it is. I am glad you liked Vangelis’ Papathanassiou music. I’ve added music in the past but whenever I heard it more than twice a day it got onto my nerves. I really love this music as well.

    You are the first one to tell me about the music and I didn’t know if you could hear it while commenting. Thanks very much.

    From Cypriot Rice

  11. Congratulations on both of your awards. sounds delicious…

  12. Hi Ivy! It’s been a while since I’ve visited, and I came over to see how you’re doing. I feel like I’ve just come to your house after not seeing you for a bit…kopiaste, for real. I am hungry now, this pilaf looks very very delicious.

    Stay warm, my friend.

  13. First of all, I enjoyed your MEME…. very nice to know more about you:)

    Rice pilaf looks delicious… adding vermicelli to it is new to me… But I guess taste of the combo will be good.

    Congrats for those lovely awards:)

  14. Thanks for the award, Ivy. Giz and I have already decided to share the meme. I’m going to star this pilaf, I need to “spice up” my regular boring rice.

  15. That is a delicious looking pilaf Ivy! I love the vermicelli in there!

    Cute meme, too! 🙂

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  17. Thanks for the award Ivy. You are a sweetie. I will try to get to your meme, though I am busy just now. Your rice pilaf is just my kind of thing. YUM!

  18. Ivy

    Thanks again to all of you.

    Psychgrad, I was sure that you and Giz have a lot of humour to share the meme. Thanks.

    Srilekha, shall check it out tomorrow.

  19. Mmm pilaf.

    Yay! Thank you for the award, and congrats to you!

  20. Congrats on the awards Ivy…& *BLUSH* thanks for passing the lovely one on to me. I LOVE YOUR BLOG TOO…it gives me my daily dose of hapiness!! Sorry I couldn’t get here yesterday…the 24 24 24 was driving me ballistic! Great pilaf too…never heard of a vermicelli one! YUM!!

  21. I love your blog too 😀

  22. Ivy

    Nice to see you here Kang.

  23. Girl, you make my day! Thanks so much Ivy! I still have to “hang” some awards in my site… but I will soon :D. I’m a rice addict and seeing your pilaf rice up there makes me salivate… MMmmm.

  24. I’ve never tried adding vermicelli to a rice pilaf before but it does sound like a good idea.
    Thanks for the award Ivy, and congrats on yours 😀

  25. Ben

    My friend, thanks so much for the award (and the meme, LOL) I will proudly display them on my blog 🙂

  26. Hello Ivy,

    Sorry I havn’t been around, very busy 🙁

    This rice dish looks very delicious, great flavors and it seems pretty healthy as well!

  27. Thank you for the award. I love reading the memes. Im a bad passer on however but I am so grateful and will do my best to pass it on.

  28. Wow rice and vermicelli sounds something new and looks gr8. I will try my hands on this soon. Thank u for joining the event.

  29. Nice to know about u through those quriks and congratulations on much deserving awards.

  30. qahenR Thanks for good post

  31. Sue

    Have a question? How do you mold this recipe? The presentation is very nice.

  32. Ivy

    Sue, it’s a Tupperware mold.

  33. Nicki

    Hi, i'm sorry but i can't find the recipes, when i click on the name of the recipe only the pictures come up, am i doing something wrong?

    • The recipe has been removed but shall e-mail you the recipe.