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.
Rice and Lentils
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 1⁄4 cups lentils
- 3 cups boiling water (or stock)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups rice
- 1 cup boiling water (or stock)
- 3⁄4 cup tomato paste
- 3 cups tomato juice (or tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes)
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or crushed chilis to taste)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 onions, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, brown lentils in 2 Tbsp oil, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the 3 cups boiling stock and the salt and pepper.
- Cook uncovered 10 minutes over medium heat.
- Stir in the rice and 1 cup stock.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes without stirring.
- Meanwhile make sauce: Heat all the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
- To make browned onions, heat oil in a small skillet.
- Saute onions and garlic over medium heat till browned.
- To serve, put rice lentil mixture on a platter, pour tomato sauce over and top with browned onions.
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!!
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 food.com.
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!)