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    Middle Eastern Rice and Lentils

    Middle Eastern Rice and Lentils. Photo by Annacia

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    Sharon123's Note:

    This protein rich dish will add a flavorful accent to broiled or grilled lamb chops or steaks. A combination of cinnamon, cumin, and cloves gives the dish a spicy Middle Eastern taste and aroma. Toss any cold leftovers with a mustard vinaigrette for an easy luncheon salad, or use it to make stuffed peppers!

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    1. 1
      In a 3-quart saucepan, cook onion in oil till crisp-tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add broth, rice, lentils, potato, carrot, raisins, and seasonings.
    3. 3
      Cook until rice and lentils are almost tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Stir in the bell pepper and peas.
    5. 5
      Cover and cook about 5-10 minutes more, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice and lentils are tender.
    6. 6
      Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
    7. 7
      I sometimes use this rice to make stuffed peppers.
    8. 8
      I put rice in peppers and pour canned spaghetti sauce (I usually add about 1/8 cup water to this) over, cover and bake about 45 to 60 minutes.
    9. 9
      I also use leftover rice to make veggie burgers.
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    11. 11
      For Vegetarian/Vegan do not use chicken broth.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 12, 2010


      I doubled this recipe to take to a Middle Eastern themed dinner at my congregation. It was greeted with lots of lip-smacks and Mmmm, Mmmms. I happened to have some "one bite" mini potatoes on hand, so I used them in the dish for some novelty. In all, a very colorful, very flavorful dish. I think the spices and raisins were "spot on". Thank you for a great dinner Sharon123!

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    • on June 22, 2009


      We absolutely adore the bulk of these ingredients; however, we did not enjoy this at all. Can't quite pinpoint why. I did make it with brown rice, which required additional liquid and cooking time - perhaps that is the culprit?

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    • on February 10, 2008


      Wonderful! My husband and I loved it and I can't wait to try it out on my vegan son. I soaked the lentils and rice together for a few hours (with a piece of kombu...helps with softening of the lentils and improves the digestibility)

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    Nutritional Facts for Middle Eastern Rice and Lentils

    Serving Size: 1 (475 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 419.3
    Calories from Fat 49
    Total Fat 5.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 722.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 77.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 12.8 g
    Sugars 17.4 g
    Protein 16.4 g

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