Thursday, 26 July 2012

Savoury Lentils and Rice

This meal was inspired by a very popular traditional Egyptian dish which I shall hopefully post once I figure out how to make it properly :)...I wanted something filling, easy and nutritious for lunch and we all enjoyed this so much that I thought that I would share it. It is made up of four components (rice and lentil base, tomato sauce, garlic dressing and crispy fried onion). Don't be daunted by the seperate parts as it is really quite quick and easy to prepare. I served it with a fresh cabbage salad and it went perfectly. Put the tomatoes in first as the longer they roast for the better the taste!

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

For the roasted tomatos
10 medium fresh tomatoes cut into half wedges
1 1/2  tsp salt 
4tbs oil 
1 onion, sliced 

place tomatoes and onion in a tray. Sprinkle with salt and drizle with olive oil. Roast in oven at 250 degrees celcius, stiring occasionally until tomatoes are soft and juicy and edges are browned

For the rice and lentils
1 cup brown rice 
1 1/2 cup green lentils 
2 tsp salt 
4 1/2  cups water 

Rinse rice and lentils and then place in a saucepan with water and salt and cook until water is absorbed and lentils and rice are soft.

For the dressing
4 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil 
4 cloves garlic. crushed
1 t salt 
Mix all ingredients together.

For the crispy onion
2 large onions, sliced thick
oil for frying 
Fry onions on high until crisp and brown.

To Serve...Place rice and lentils on plate and top with tomato sauce, dressing and crispy fried onions.

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  (Psalms 90:14)

Posted By: Natahsa Mansour


  1. love this dish! brilliant

  2. We had this for breakfast this morning and it was so yummy!!!

    1. Yes - its a delicious meal anytime of the day. Glad you enjoyed it as much as we do.


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