Lentils With Noodles, Onions and Tomatoes: Syrian Rishta

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

From: The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World's Most Healthful Foods by Sheryl and Mel London In Syria, noodles and lentils are spiced in a most unusual way for a Western palate that expects all pasta dishes to contain oregano or basil rather than allspice and coriander. We think you'll find that this Middle East combination is rather pleasing and unusual.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a 5-qt nonstick Dutch Oven and saute the onions and garlic over low heat, stirring constanly for 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and begin to brown. Stir in the lentils and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Then stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, hot pepper flakes, cumin, allspice, coriander, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until the lentils are soft but hold their shape.
  2. Meanwhile, boil and drain the pasta. Transfer the lentils and pasta to a large warm serving bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss lightly. Serve hot.
  3. Note: Rishta or "threads" are thin, ribbonlike fresh homemade pasta.


Most Helpful

This was pretty tasty. Reminded me of Koshari (check out the recipe). I didn't have either fettucine or tagliatelle so I used regular spaghetti. Worked fine. This made a lot of food. I would make this again.

windhorse23 January 24, 2009

Reviewed for NA*ME's Dish of the Week - I loved this recipe! I used 5 cloves of garlic as we're garlic fiends in this house, used just a tunt pinch of pepper flakes & I also used homemade arab noodles but stuck to the rest of the recipe. We all enjoyed this rishta (16 month old DD had a LOT of fun with this!) & it makes a nice change to our regular Algerian Rechta (rishta). Thanks for a delicious recipe!

Um Safia April 07, 2008

This was quite tasty. I doubled the garlic and next time I would add some more tomatoes than the recipe calls for as they tasted fantastic. This dish really had a silent kick to it - about halfway through I could start to feel the heat. I thought that I had fettuccine pasta in my cupboard but I didn't so I used linguine noodles and it was good but I could see where thinner noodles would be better. Thanks so much for posting a keeper recipe!

cyaos November 25, 2007

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