Monday, April 16, 2007



1 large onion, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons vegetable olive oil
1/2 cup lentils, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups Basmati rice

Fry the onions in oil until tender. Remove the onions and spread on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the extra oil.

To the oil, add the lentils, salt, 3 tablespoons olive oil and water. Bring to a boil with occasional stirring.

Add the rice, bring back to a boil and let boil until most of the water is absorbed.

Reduce the heat to low and let simmer 15 - 20 minutes or until rice and lentils are tender. Add more water if needed.

To serve, spoon rice mixture onto a large platter then sprinkle the fried onions on top of the rice. Sprinkle with a dash of salt.

Makes 4 to 6 servings


  1. Mmmmmm, this sounds yummy, and I will have to try it. Can you please tell what type of lentils you used? Are they pye lentils? Thanks

  2. that look really good. I love lentils and basmati rice so it would be a winner here as well.

    I'll make it soon as a side dish.

    As usual you make it all look incredibly appetizing. I'm off to make some lunch. My mouth is watering.

  3. Thanks for the recipe, we're having this for dinner real soon!

  4. Anonymous11:09 AM

    This is one of my favorite dishes! I am half Arabic and this is one of my family's "heritage" foods. Although, in our family recipe we use 3 times as many lentils as rice -- the other way around from yours. I wonder why that is?

    I'm really enjoying your lovely blog!

    Love, Wardeh


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