Wow, this is almost exactly like the lentils and Rice my Grandma used to make. The key to the flavor is getting the onions nice and dark. Grandma used a cast iron skillet. Also, we served it with lettuce leaves sprinkled with lemon juice. She said using your hands to eat was "the Lebanese way." Of course Grandma was born in the states, so who knows! Thanks for posting!
For me who likes mild food, I found the dish bland. I used brown rice and found the lentils took longer to cook than the rice; about 35 minutes. Otherwise, I followed the recipe to a T. The onions were the only thing with flavour, and the dish was definitely better when eaten with the yogurt and mint. Still, I don't anticipate making this again unless DH is keen.
This was good but next time I would up the spice amount and also use beef broth instead of veg to give it more flavor. Needs a lot of salt and peppers also. We served as a side dish but I could see this in a tortilla also.
LOVE THIS! Perfect everything; the onions complete it. I use brown rice. So delicious! Thank you thank you thank you for posting this.
Healthy, delicious, and pretty darn easy...this is my kind of recipe! I actually didn't have ground cumin so I used garam masala, coriander, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and allspice. Loved it!!!
Good recipe. Some commented that the cinnamon was overpowering, so I reduced it to 1/2 tsp, but now I think the rice would've been fine with 3/4 tsp. I added pine nuts and a little more liquid since the rice was still firm after the liquid evaporated. Two large onions was way too much for us. Next time, I would use only one. The yogurt was a nice addition to the rice, but you could do without it.
I used brown rice and added the it with the lentils at the same time and simmered covered for 35 minutes. So delicious!
Easy, inexpensive and delicious. I used brown rice, so added it when I put in the lentils to give the brown rice plenty of time to cook. It worked well. The yogurt and mint really make it! Thanks for sharing.
Awesome recipe, but I doubled the cumin and all spice. I might even add a bit more next time. I also added cayenne pepper to the yogurt since I like spicy dishes. With these modifications I thought it was excellent!
Pleasantly surprised :) We have never eaten anything like this and it was better than we expected! I used homemade vegetable stock and brown basmati rice instead of white; adding the rice at the same time as the lentils worked well. We liked ours with fresh lemon juice and loved the onions. This was a big help on our new goal of adding meatless meals - thanks!!!