lebanese lentils and wild rice

20 Jul
onions, tomatoes, lentils, rice

My lunch today - yum!

Here is another high-protein, high-fiber, 100% vegan dish that is delicious. I made it this week and have been munching on it for lunches/dinners. It is good both cold and hot, and keeps for a week or more in the refrigerator. It’s a great main dish or side dish, and is really flavorful! Enjoy!


  • 1 Cup brown lentils
  • 1 Cup wild rice (Washed and Soaked 10 – 12 Minutes, drained)
  • 3 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped (not crushed)
  • 1 Medium sweet onion, slivered into thin crescents
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 Tbls good olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to Taste.

  • 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 garlic. Cook garlic until it turns brown on the edges. Remove garlic and mix with rice. Reserve oil in pan.
  • Place lentils and rice mixture in a medium sauce pan. Cover with 3 1/2 cups water or broth. Season with salt & pepper..
  • Bring to a boil, partially cover, lower heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Add water as needed to keep lentils and rice barely covered.
  • Heat reserved Oil plus 1 Tbls over medium high heat and cook slivered onions until brown around the edges and soft.
  • Pour the onions and oil into the lentil/rice mixture, and gently stir in. Add canned tomatoes and stir until mixture is thoroughly blended. Adjust salt & pepper to taste.
  • To Serve: Pile lentils and rice on a platter or in a bowl. Surround with pickled turnips and/or fresh cut veggies such as cucumber, green peppers, zucchini, carrots and radishes.


2 Responses to “lebanese lentils and wild rice”

  1. Jodi July 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    This looks amazing! I love both lentils and wild rice, but have never thought to put them together. Fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.

    • ThisAmericanDiet July 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

      You’re welcome! I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful and fulfilling this dish is. I will certainly be making it again. Enjoy!

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