Vermicelli with Almonds

By shahdan • May 27, 2016

4 servings
30 min
Vermicelli with Almonds

Vermicelli with Almonds (she’reya) has always been an important dish on my family’s dinner party- as well as Ramadan-table. It makes a great delicious & luxurious side dish to proteins such as meat fillets, turkey and chicken. It is very easy to cook, but you will have to give it your full attention (stirring constantly) for 10- 15 minutes, while it’s browning in the butter.

You can add more nuts such as cashews and raisins, but make sure to fry the raisins separately so they don’t burn.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil - زيت نباتي
  • 1 tablespoon butter - زبدة
  • 4 cup vermicelli - شعرية
  • 2 cup boiling water - ماء ساخن
  • salt and pepper (to taste) - ملح و فلفل
  • 1 handful almonds (plus 1 tsp. vegetable oil) - لوز

Step by step

  1. Melt butter and oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the vermicelli. Using a heat-proof spatula or a wooden spoon, start stirring, making sure all vermicelli pieces are well-coated with the fat and cook evenly. Keep stirring slowly (not forgetting the sides so nothing burns), until vermicelli reaches a golden brown colour. This process needs your full attention!
  2. Lower the heat to lowest, and carefully add the boiling water. Add salt and pepper to taste, give it a quick stir, cover and leave to cook until soft and water is absorbed (5- 10 minutes).
  3. Heat the oil in a small pan and fry the peeled almonds until golden. Transfer to paper towel and set aside.
  4. When the vermicelli is cooked, fluff it gently with a fork, and serve it with lots of almonds on top.


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