Rice With Lentils and Dates

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins




  • wash and drain rice.
  • heat 2 T butter and fry the onion till golden; add the meat and sauté stirring and turning the pieces till browned all over. Cover with water, add salt and pepper, cinnamon and allspice and simmer for 1 hour; or till meat is tender and most of water absorbed.
  • boil the lentils in water for about 20 minutes till done, adding salt when they begin to soften, drain.
  • now boil the rice in a pan for 10 minutes till not quite tender and still a little underdone. Drain the rice.
  • Melt 2 T butter in bottom of pan, then stir in 2 T of the saffron water and about a third of the rice.
  • spread half the meat on top, then sprinkle on half the lentils, raisins, dates and almonds if using.
  • Cover with a layer of rice and remaining meat, lentils, raisins and dates and finish with the rice that is left.
  • Melt the remaining butter, stir in the remaining saffron water and pour all over. Cook covered on very low heat for 20-30 minutes.