Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe’s Basmati Rice

This is the authentic recipe for Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe’s Basmati Rice, one of the most popular sides at one of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe's Basmati Rice














Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe’s basmati rice is one of the most popular sides at one of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants. The recipe for Taziki’s basmati rice was shared almost six years ago in a post on AL.com. Owner Keith Richards said the recipe was his sister-in-law’s. He stressed that in order to make the rice turn out just right, it is important to “use fresh lemon, butter, and fresh parsley.”

Taziki’s has expanded beyond Birmingham and is a favorite dining spot of many. The healthy, fresh fare makes it he kind of place where you can eat every day and not get that “tired of eating out” feeling. From gyros to salads to grilled meats and more, there is always something wonderful and fresh on the menu.

Note: This rice can be made in a rice maker. Simply follow directions for making white or basmati rice, then add the specified ingredients to the rice once it is cooked.

If you make this, please let me know how it turns out! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!


Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe's Basmati Rice

This rice is one of the most popular sides at Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe.

5 min

25 min

30 min

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  • 2 cups basmati rice (long grain Indian Basmati rice)
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup (4 lemons) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parsley, fresh chopped


  • Place water and rice in 8-quart pan with lid.
  • Bring rice to rapid boil while covered.
  • When water reaches boil, turn temperature to low.
  • Cook for 12 to 15 minutes until rice is fluffy.
  • Remove pan from burner and allow rice to sit for 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour cooked rice into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add melted butter, salt, pepper, lemon juice & parsley.
  • Stir until thoroughly cominbed.