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    45 mins

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    35 mins

    Kaarin's Note:

    Easy to make, despite the recipe length, and high in protein. In Egypt this is served with plain yogurt as a side dish. From Mennonite cookbook More-With-Less.

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    Rice and Lentils


    Browned Onions


    1. 1
      In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, brown lentils in 2 Tbsp oil, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
    2. 2
      Add the 3 cups boiling stock and the salt and pepper.
    3. 3
      Cook uncovered 10 minutes over medium heat.
    4. 4
      Stir in the rice and 1 cup stock.
    5. 5
      Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes without stirring.
    6. 6
      Meanwhile make sauce: Heat all the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
    7. 7
      Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
    8. 8
      To make browned onions, heat oil in a small skillet.
    9. 9
      Saute onions and garlic over medium heat till browned.
    10. 10
      To serve, put rice lentil mixture on a platter, pour tomato sauce over and top with browned onions.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 26, 2012


      Wow! We are studying Egypt in our home school, so I searched out a good lentil recipe. This fit the bill!! We all LOVED it!! Thanks so much for posting! I followed the recipe except the onion part since we are not fans. Instead I added a bit of onion and garlic powders to the sauce...delicious!!

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    • on January 04, 2011

      We love this recipe! We've been making it for 25 years and it's still one of my favorites. Glad to see it on

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    • on January 12, 2009


      I found this in my more-with-less cookbook when looking for ways to use up a huge sack of lentils. I was amazed at how flavorful this dish is, even though I left out the green pepper for personal preference. The lentil/rice mix didn't have much flavor, but it was wonderful topped with the spicy sauce and the almost-caramelized onions. A great, economical, vegan meal. (and we are meat-lovers in my family!)

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    Nutritional Facts for Kusherie (Egyptian Rice and Lentils)

    Serving Size: 1 (374 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 484.3
    Calories from Fat 91
    Total Fat 10.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1185.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 83.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 16.2 g
    Sugars 14.2 g
    Protein 16.9 g

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