looks legit - I'm Egyptian and grew up on this dish. Try modifying it however by not adding the cayenne pepper into the dish, but make a simple tomato sauce and add it to that. Then then top your plate with a little of the tomato sauce. Also, we add garbanzo beans as well. Just on top of your plate... enjoy
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!)
The flavors of this dish are amazing and just explode in your mouth when you put it all together! Let the pan cool a bit before adding the water. Like one of the other posters, I had a lentil malfunction! Great recipe, thanks for sharing this, Kaarin!
Excellent Cheap Eats! I added sour cream to the top along with a bit more spice than listed. I also recomment the crushed chilis ... they give an extra pizzazz!
This was easy, cheap, healthy, and delicious! Definitely adding it to my repetoire
I had this dish a lot when I was in Egypt, and I would give this recipe seven or eight stars if I could! It's very authentic tasting to me. As another reviewer noted, you often find macaroni in this dish as well as the rice and lentils, but I actually prefer it without the pasta--it's much lighter tasting to me. (OK, and I'm really not a fan of pasta!) Anyhow, I love lentils, and this recipe is a keeper. I did cut down a bit on the oil (used just 2 T. total), but I followed the recipe exactly for the rest. The sauce was flavorful and not overwhelming, and the directions for cooking the rice and lentils together resulted in perfect rice and lentils! I used a somewhat glutinous rice because I plan to make the leftovers into "meat" balls, but I think I'd have equal success with plain rice, too. Thanks for a fantastic simple healthy recipe!***Editing my review to add that I tried this again using half green lentils and half small red lentils, and I'd not recommend using the small red lentils--they just dissolved away (I think they cook slightly faster than the green or something). Still tasted fantastic, but wasn't as pretty as it had been!***
This is a good one! I learned a lot from the More with Less Cookbook as a young wife and mother. This was an early introduction to different ethnic foods. I love the textures of the rice and lentils.