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    Lentils With Wild Rice & Crispy Onions (Koshari)

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    2 hrs 40 mins

    40 mins

    2 hrs

    blucoat's Note:

    This is a delicious, satisfying, and healthy take on a traditional Middle Eastern/Egyptian dish from "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook". Great as a side dish or a vegetarian/vegan main. Recipe makes 10 side dish servings and about 6 main dish servings.

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    Tomato Sauce

    Rice and Lentils


    1. 1
      To make the tomato sauce, in a nonaluminum saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute longer; don't let the garlic brown. Stir in the tomato sauce, vinegar, red pepper flakes and salt. When the mixture just begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    2. 2
      In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the wild rice and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 45 minutes.
    3. 3
      In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and cinnamon and saute for 1 minute longer; don't let the garlic brown. Add the stock, lentils and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer until the lentils are tender but still firm, about 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      While the rice and lentils are cooking, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and saute until brown and crispy, about 30 minutes.
    5. 5
      To serve, reheat the tomato sauce gently over medium heat. On a serving platter, spread the lentils in a layer; top with a layer of the rice. Pour the tomato sauce over the rice and top with the onion rings. Garnish with the cilantro.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 23, 2011


      This was so delicious! I've never had this dish before, so I can't vouch for how authentic it tastes, but I've been trying to expand my cooking repertoire and this will definitely get made again. I had batches of rice and tomato sauce leftover from a previous day of cooking, so it didn't take too much effort at all!

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    Nutritional Facts for Lentils With Wild Rice & Crispy Onions (Koshari)

    Serving Size: 1 (164 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 206.7
    Calories from Fat 38
    Total Fat 4.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 435.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.1 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 9.4 g

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