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    Lentils and Couscous

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    1 hr 5 mins

    10 mins

    55 mins

    morgainegeiser's Note:

    This superb North African favorite with the combination of aromatic spices and crisp brown onion adding a real spark to the subtle flavors of the lentils and couscous.

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    1. 1
      Place the lentils in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, spices and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time.
    2. 2
      While lentils are cooking, bring the 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in couscous, cover, and set aside for 15 minutes.
    3. 3
      Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is nicely browned, about 10 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add lentils to skillet and mix well. Remove and discard bay leaf.
    5. 5
      Serve lentils over couscous.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 13, 2010


      This was okay, but bland, which surprised me with all that garlic. I cooked the onions for 15 minutes on medium, and they still weren't browned enough to add the flavor that I think they should have. Definitely start the onions when you start cooking the lentils. If they get done before the lentils, you can always just hold them until the lentils are done. For full flavor, you're going to want them fully browned and not only on the edges like I did. ZWT6

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    • on June 10, 2010


      We liked this! We mixed it with Chicken and Couscous and used Isreali couscous and about a teaspoon of red pepper flakes for the heat. Very good!

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    • on June 07, 2010


      Simple to make and filling! Reminded me of another version of megadarrah. Added closer to a scant one half teaspoon of cinnamon. Next time I'll use half of whole cinnamon for more intense flavor. Cooked the onions a solid fifteen minutes with a pinch of sugar to get them really caramelized. Israeli couscous for standard, sprinkle of salt, and a garnish of fresh cilantro. The leftovers were made into a burrito/wrap for my husband's lunch along with the rest of the meal: basic roasted asparagus and Scandinavian Cucumbers. It was a tasty North African/Scandinavian meal! Reviewed for ZWT #6.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lentils and Couscous

    Serving Size: 1 (300 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 188.2
    Calories from Fat 18
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 16.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 36.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    Sugars 3.2 g
    Protein 8.0 g

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