By Sharon123 on December 22, 2002
Photo by Annacia
Photo by Annacia
"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!"
Serving Size: 1 (475 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"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!"
"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?"
"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)"
"The flavour was good, a tasty dish with a good balance of spices. Didn't have peppers, and sub. veg broth for the chicken broth. I rated this only as a 4 because it turned out mushy, without the separated rice strands I so much prefer. I think it's b/c I used red lentils, which cook fast, so next time I would add the lentils closer to the end."
"Wow! Here's a quick and easy recipe that is GREAT tasting and ridiculously healthy too! I didn't have peppers or peas, but it still was great! This was one of those "I have no food, what do I make for dinner" recipes. FABULOUS! This is a keeper!"
"I'm not staring this because I wasn't able to make it by the recipe as ask. I tagged it in PhotoTag so I must post a photo even though it's incorrect. I enjoyed this even though I discovered after I had begun making it that my lentils have been stashed somewhere unknown (there is a kitchen reno happening), SO, I subbed red rice for them. I used dried apricots for the raisins (only because I like them better) and totally forgot to add the peas! The cinnamon, clove and cumin were very nice but I think they could be increased in amount. That might not be the case if I had the lentils. Even with all of my botching this was still a very flavorful and pleasing dish. Sharon, I'll make it again when the lentils come home!"
"I loved this and it was just so easy. I followed the recipe only leaving out the raisins and served it as a side dish with vegetarian sausages - it was so tasty and made a generous amount and was a huge success - thanks Sharon123 ."
"Excellent! Nice blend of flavors provides an interesting side. I used water instead of chicken stock and didn't miss any flavor. Thanks for the recipe!"
"i loved this dish and it made a full meal for the non-meat eaters here. the spice and flavor were wonderful. i will be making this often"
"This is a great recipe full of flavour. I made the full recipe but did not have visitors to share it with so thought I would freeze it. It froze well so it will be something that I will do quite often so I can always have a side out of the freezer that tastes so good. "
"I really enjoyed this but I have to give it a 4 because my husband really felt like many of these things--pot. peas, peppers...don't belong in lentils...Nice & spicy!"
"Yummmmieeeeeee! In my opinion, the spices and raisins turned this recipe into a 5-star one! I used water instead of chicken broth since I'm vegetarian, baby potatoes instead of baking (baking potatoes would've been firmer... mine turned out a bit mushy), and green bell peppers instead of red. I also added some more ground cloves for that extra zing. This tastes great with dollops of chilled plain yogurt on the top! Thanks Sharon... this recipe is definitely a keeper!"
"I knew as soon as I looked at the list of ingredients that we were going to love this dish. I wasn't wrong. Full of exotic spices that are so delicious. I put it in a tortilla and wrapped it up. Made a delicious and zesty lunch. Thanks for sharing this."
"A beautiful combo that pleases the eyes and an exceptionally good taste that touches the hungry belly most wonderfully. I made this rice for a comfort dinner tonight. Loved it! Thank you. Oh and I did use vegetable broth as a substitute for the chicken broth."
"These were yummy! I used water instead of chicken broth just because I didn`t have it. And It still came out with alot of flavor!I also added curry powder. The raisins were really good in it! It reminded me of a wrap I bought frozen from Trader Joes I think that`s the name. Good Stuff!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Very nice blend of flavors and textures. Thanks for posting!"