Excellent. I liked this very much. I admit that I am a big time meat eater, and the only reason I made this was because I am trying new dishes that use Basmati rice. I'm glad I tried this one. The only thing I did different was to add a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken the sauce a little more, otherwise did as instructed and it turned out great.
My vegetarian daughter loves this dish. She asks me to make it at least once a week. She likes things spicy so I add a tablespoon of red pepper flakes.
Interesting dish. I thought it was too spicy but others liked it a lot. It's always fun to try other cuisines!
Recently had this dish at Abu Tarek, the place visited in Bourdain's Cairo episode. There, chick peas are served with it. Separate stainless serving dishes arrive with the fried onions, chick peas, lentils, hot sauce and tomato sauce in each. Also a steel pitcher is on the table, containing "garlic vinegar." So you can adjust to taste, and, as I like to do, keep them separate, and mix as you go, which keeps it interesting. <br/><br/>A few labor-saving suggestions: use a garlic-based pasta sauce, adding cumin and fried onion and sri racha hot sauce to it; a product at the Chinese markets called "Fried Scallion" is very close to the fried onions used. You can skip many of the ingredients and it will still be delicious, but the onions are key.
Wow! As did another reviewer, I saw this on No Reservations and was so curious I made it for my mother and father the next day! Dad doesn't like onions so I only diced one in with the sauce and kept the four cloves of garlic. Like others said, I would DEFINITELY recommend getting two cans or more of tomato, only one can likely won't be enough. Very flavorful and delicious. Make sure you crisp some onions in the pan and put them on top, it's to die for!
Wow! Delicious and seems versatile. This time around I didn't do anything 'extra', just made it straight as the recipe called for. We loved it!
Very Tasty! This may be due, in part, to the type of canned tomatoes I used: Aylmer Accents Chili Seasonings. I just realized that I didn't cook any pasta.. and I've finished 2 helpings! :D :D Maybe I'll add some to the leftovers when I have them tomorrow! Yum!
I was a bit apprehensive about this since we haven't had lentils before, but I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. I used a jar of pureed tomato instead of chopped, and I mixed the sauce in with the rice/lentils/pasta before serving. My family all loved it, my 5 year old asked for more. Will definitely be making it again!
Wow! I can't believe how good this was. It was a complete surprise; it didn't look like much. The only change I made was to use a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles and I didn't drain them. BTW, I think this recipe makes more than 6 servings, and it's vegan, too.