How to make it

  • Wash and pick through Lentils (They can be quite gritty)
  • Wash rice and place in a bowl with enough water to cover by 1/2 inch. Soak 15 - 20 minutes. Drain well.
  • Heat 1/4 cup of Oil in a skillet over medium high heat and add chopped onion. Cook Onion until it turns brown on the edges. Remove Onion and mix with Rice. Reserve Oil.
  • Place Lentils in a Medium Sauce Pan. Cover with 3 1/2 cups water. Season water with salt & pepper..
  • Bring to a boil, Cover, lower heat and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes or until el dente' .
  • Stir Rice, chopped Onion (or garlic) into the simmering Lentils. Partially cover pan and continue to simmer very slowly adding water as necessary to keep Lentils and Rice barely covered until both are just cooked through. (Approx. 10 - 15 minutes) Add a little water if mixture seems too dry.
  • Heat reserved Oil plus 1 Tbls over medium high and cook slivered onions until dark brown and almost crisp. Remove Onion to a paper towel and drain. Reserve Oil.
  • Pour the Onion infused Oil into the Lentil/Rice mixture reserving a little for garnish, and gently stir in. Adjust Salt & Pepper.
  • To Serve: Pile Lentils and Rice on a platter or in a bowl. Top with crisp brown Onion and a drizzle of any Oil left in the skillet. Surround with Pickled Turnips and/or Fresh cut Veggies such as Cucumber, Green Peppers, Zucchini, Carrots and Radishes
  • ** As a variation 6 - 8 Large cloves of chopped garlic can be substituted for the onion.

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  • lina7484 5 years ago
    I love this recipe, it's a traditional in Jordan as well. Thanks for uploading :)
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  • sitbynellie 8 years ago
    Another hit Jim, this is right up my street flavourwise, and right healthy for me too (diabetic). I came here from your cousin Judy's page... it's a small world eh? Hope you're doin' fine and have a great weekend.
    Nellie (Susan)
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    " It was excellent "
    aussie_meat_pie ate it and said...
    yummy - and it seems easy to make also!!
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    " It was excellent "
    linda2230 ate it and said...
    Jim, this looks delicious, I love the carmalized onion addition. Yummy, 5 forks cuz!
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    " It was excellent "
    tagi77 ate it and said...
    I was going to make this tonight but found out i was out of Lentils, what a bummer. In Jordan they commonly use coarse Burghul ... but I like it better with rice, it's also known as poor people food ...hahaha... because it's cheap and easy to make... it's good with plain yogurt or a salad ...
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    " It was excellent "
    grumblebee ate it and said...
    I made this tonight.. it was so good! I did cheat a bit though by using canned lentils and instant brown rice. LOL... i know... bad, hey? But it turned out well! I added in a bit of cumin seed to the sauteed/caramelized onions too just for a bit of a smokey background flavour. It was great!

    Awesome recipe... thanks for sharing! :) Great comfort food for a chilly night like tonight.

    I submitted a photo of my dish. :)
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Jim this Lebanese style Lentils And Rice Recipe is going to be a hit at my dinner table.
    I even have the pickled turnips so this is a go for tonight. High Five from me
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    " It was just okay "
    mrsneman ate it and said...
    the women in my country make it every time the gather ofcourse with taboleh but we make it with burgel
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  • falafel_fanatic 9 years ago
    Lentils are so delicious! This sounds tempting....for me and my mom.
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  • tamii 9 years ago
    I love lentils,and with recipe I could not only love them more, but turn others onto this wonderful way of enjoying lentils!
    Thanks for the awesome recipe..cant wait to try it!
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  • biomom 9 years ago
    Sounds perfect and easy. Born and raised in S. IL, this is the second IL hit today, very interesting. Will definitely work for my veggie.
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  • peetabear 10 years ago
    great post... I will try this soon... maybe tonight..
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    I have everything to make this wonderful course, except the pickled turnips. Hmmm, not sure where I could get those... so I may have to try it without. As usual, you rock, Jim m'dear....a high 5 for you! Thanks for posting this.
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  • kukla 10 years ago
    Well, JimRug...I think you read my mind!!
    Have some leftover lentils, beggin to be cooked!! I can eat THIS for supper with the veggies -- hubby can have some on the side with his meat...
    TY :)
    (Might have to pass on the pickled turnips, though :)
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