Something hit me and I just had to make this today. Super simple but oh-so-flavorful. We ate it with a dollop of chutney on top. Oh yes. I think this originated as a Lebanese street food? Wouldn’t it be nice if our “fast food” was so tasty and good for you??

Ingredients $2.75 (6 Servings)

  • whole grain rice basmati or short grain 1 cup
  • lentils 1 cup
  • yellow onion 2 units
  • vegetable stock or water 1 cup
  • garam masala or chili powder 2 tsps
  • cinnamon 1 tsp
  • turmeric 1 tsp
  • fenugreek leaves optional .5 tsps
  • salt to taste 1 tsp

Cover lentils with water in a bowl and soak for 30 minutes. Prepare rice according to instructions and set aside. Bring water to boil in a pot. Add lentil and boil for approximately 15 minutes until tender.

Heat a large pan to medium high heat. Dice onions. Add to pan. Cook and stir until caramelized, approximately 20 minutes. Add stock or water occasionally to avoid sticking and burning.

Once onions are caramelized fold in the spices, lentils, and rice. Enjoy!

*I like to mix black and green lentils for a texture variety. All green is fine too.

*The spices are interchangeable. Sometimes I use other things like ground clove, chili powder, or cayenne.

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