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    Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions

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    1 hr 15 mins

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    Mikekey's Note:

    This can be served either warm or room temperature as an appetizer (good with toasted pita chips), or as a side to chicken. As suggested by some reviewers, add cumin and allspice to taste, if desired!

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    1. 1
      Peel and slice onions vertically.
    2. 2
      Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
    3. 3
      Add onion; cover and cook 15 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
    4. 4
      Uncover and increase heat to medium; cook 25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and keep onions warm.
    5. 5
      While onion cooks, bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.
    6. 6
      Add lentils; return to a boil and reduce heat to keep at a low boil and cook 20 minutes.
    7. 7
      Stir in 1/2 cup caramelized onion, rice, salt, and pepper. Cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 25 minutes, until lentils and rice are tender.
    8. 8
      Spoon lentils and rice into a shallow dish; top with remaining onion.
    9. 9
      Drizzle remaining oil over lentils. Serve with yogurt, if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 30, 2010


      I add cumin & allspice and we serve ours this way as well rather than a typical way with a tomato sauce. I do like to add a bit of brown sugar to the caramelized onions for the top. Reviewed for Everyday's a Holiday March 2010.

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    • on June 05, 2011


      We all love this healthy and great-tasting dish! My Syrian brother-in-law first introduced it to us (I believe he called it m'jedereh) and we've been enjoying it ever since. Mike your version is just as good. I added some cumin and allspice as well, and served with greek yoghurt on the sides. For anyone who hasn't tried this recipe and is considering it - first of all, make it - it's delicious! Secondly, yes, you really need all that onion. ;-)

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    • on August 22, 2009


      Delicious just the way we eat. I added some cumin and tumeric and a little butter. Thanks mike. Made for Ramadan Tag 2009.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions

    Serving Size: 1 (208 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 210.8
    Calories from Fat 44
    Total Fat 4.9 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 201.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
    Sugars 3.6 g
    Protein 7.3 g

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