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Posted: 7/22/2010 8:52:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 11:57:04 AM EDT by DLoken]
Rice, lentils, onions, olive oil and spices; How can something this simple taste so good?

Link Posted: 7/22/2010 9:20:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 9:21:06 AM EDT by HardShell]
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 9:58:06 AM EDT
I've made it a few times so far, anyway. I've discovered that brown lentils are better than green ones and that soaking the lentils overnight at the very least is mandatory.

Ingredients:

1 cup white Basmati rice
1 cup brown lentils
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2t. ground cumin
6T extra virgin olive oil
garlic powder to taste
ground pepper to taste
4-5 onions (the more the better I think)

Soak the lentils overnight (I do with a bit of garlic powder in the water to try and soak up more flavor, unsure if this actually does much) to 1.5 days in the fridge.
Boil lentils for 15-20 minutes while you chop onions and rinse your rice.

Once lentils are boiled throw them, the chicken cubes and the rest spices in the rice cooker with the rice. Add an appropriate amount of water (the brand of rice recommends 1.5c, I add a little more to account for the lentils absorbing some water) and 1T of the olive oil. Turn the rice cooker on.

Cook the onions on medium heat until soft or browned to your liking in the remaining 5T of olive oil.

With about 15 minutes left in the rice cooker's cooking cycle add the onions to the top of the dish along with as much of the oil you can get out of the pan. I let it sit on top so the oil drips down into the rice/lentils. With about 5 minutes left in the cooking cycle I stir the entire mass together. Let cooking finish, presto!
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 11:57:39 AM EDT
Bleh, nobody has taste or wants to be adventurous.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 11:58:33 AM EDT
Sounds pretty damned good and will have to try it on veggie night.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 11:59:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 12:26:45 PM EDT by DerekCB]
Looks tasty!  

ETA:  Composition is lacking though.  2/10
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:01:23 PM EDT
I used to get it at the Syrian restaurant near work and I thought it was delicious.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:09:11 PM EDT
Never had it, but it sounds good to me.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:10:46 PM EDT
if you put a bowl of it outside will it attract something i can eat?
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:11:39 PM EDT
Lentils and onions= I am Fartacus.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:16:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
if you put a bowl of it outside will it attract something i can eat?


Maybe you can trade it for some McDonalds.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:17:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DLoken:
Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
if you put a bowl of it outside will it attract something i can eat?


Maybe you can trade it for some McDonalds.


I said food
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:19:39 PM EDT



Originally Posted By DLoken:



Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:

if you put a bowl of it outside will it attract something i can eat?




Maybe you can trade it for some McDonalds.


Is that what made you vote for The One? Schizophrenia brought on by food poisoning/malnurishment?







 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:20:57 PM EDT
I want to try it. Can you post a more complete recipe? Also, where's the best place to find lentils?
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:22:19 PM EDT
+10 for drinking Guarana....
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:24:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By clintox:
I want to try it. Can you post a more complete recipe? Also, where's the best place to find lentils?


Really, it's pretty much cooking rice (in a rice cooker) with the cooked lentils and spices then mixing in the fried onions/oil at the end.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:25:17 PM EDT
Looks good, and it's all stuff laying around in by pantry pretty much all the time.  Thanks!
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:28:05 PM EDT
Have you ever tried adding the spices to the onions as they fry?  In general it's better to add spices to oil rather than water as the flavor compounds tend to be fat soluble rather than water soluble.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:29:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 12:33:24 PM EDT by DLoken]
Originally Posted By AR4U:
Have you ever tried adding the spices to the onions as they fry?  In general it's better to add spices to oil rather than water as the flavor compounds tend to be fat soluble rather than water soluble.


Nope, maybe I'll try that next time. Also I think I might add .5 to 1c more lentils to give it more protein, it'll be interesting to try.

At any rate, the batch makes 5-10 servings of this. It can't cost more than a few $ either.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:32:45 PM EDT
Needs beef.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:33:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DLoken:


6T extra virgin olive oil


Just the oil is 720 calories and 81g of fat (126% of recommended daily fat intake), of course it will taste good
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:33:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:34:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 12:34:59 PM EDT by DLoken]
Originally Posted By MarkNH:
Originally Posted By DLoken:


6T extra virgin olive oil


Just the oil is 720 calories and 81g of fat (126% of recommended daily fat intake), of course it will taste good


Well yes, but it's spread over 5-10 servings. It's olive oil so it's a healthy fat. I divide portions by weight, it made 1kg of this stuff based on the ingredients listed.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:35:15 PM EDT



Originally Posted By MarkNH:



Originally Posted By DLoken:





6T extra virgin olive oil





Just the oil is 720 calories and 81g of fat (126% of recommended daily fat intake), of course it will taste good



There's no way you're going to eat all 6T of oil by yourself in one sitting.



 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:36:06 PM EDT
Added to the list of Arfcom recipes.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:37:35 PM EDT



Originally Posted By AR4U:





Originally Posted By MarkNH:


Originally Posted By DLoken:





6T extra virgin olive oil





Just the oil is 720 calories and 81g of fat (126% of recommended daily fat intake), of course it will taste good



There's no way you're going to eat all 6T of oil by yourself in one sitting.

 


You'd be surprised how much olive oil I can go through on my own. At least a liter in the past three or four weeks.



 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:38:45 PM EDT
If you put that in front of me, I'd dump it on your head and say "Queer".
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:40:34 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Fatbert:





Originally Posted By AR4U:




Originally Posted By MarkNH:


Originally Posted By DLoken:





6T extra virgin olive oil





Just the oil is 720 calories and 81g of fat (126% of recommended daily fat intake), of course it will taste good



There's no way you're going to eat all 6T of oil by yourself in one sitting.

 


You'd be surprised how much olive oil I can go through on my own. At least a liter in the past three or four weeks.

 


Oh, my house is the same; Bulk olive oil FTW!  But I mean you're not going to eat the whole RECIPE, and thus all the oil, in one sitting.



 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:41:04 PM EDT



Originally Posted By usp4u:


If you put that in front of me, I'd dump it on your head and say "Queer".


You must be a charming house guest.



 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:41:21 PM EDT
Skip the olive oil and fry up 4 slices of BACON, cubed.



Then remove bacon and fry the onion.  Add the rice, bacon and spices.  Get hot, then add water and soaked/parboiled lentils.  Season and cook until rice is done, 20 minutes.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:44:01 PM EDT
if i made that, id like to throw some sliced and fried spam into it.  maybe some 1/4"x 1/4" rectangular prisms.  perhaps use some sausage if i had more time.

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Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:48:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By yumbeef:
if i made that, id like to throw some sliced and fried spam into it.  maybe some 1/4"x 1/4" rectangular prisms.  perhaps use some sausage if i had more time.

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Now it's starting to sound edible. I'd also get rid of the Lentils, Rice, and Onions. Then it would be pretty good.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:53:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR4U:

Originally Posted By usp4u:
If you put that in front of me, I'd dump it on your head and say "Queer".

You must be a charming house guest.
 




This is GD - not everyone is housebroken.


OP - looks good, I'll have to try it.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 12:56:18 PM EDT
needs moar bacon.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:04:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DLoken:
Originally Posted By clintox:
I want to try it. Can you post a more complete recipe? Also, where's the best place to find lentils?


Really, it's pretty much cooking rice (in a rice cooker) with the cooked lentils and spices then mixing in the fried onions/oil at the end.


Sounds pretty easy, but I'm interested in knowing what kind of spices to use to produce an authentic middle eastern flavor. My spice rack is huge. Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:06:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 1:07:51 PM EDT by 338winmag]
Wouldn't it be easier to open up a can of roast beef hash, and fry it.  Then top it with 6 slices of bacon and 3 fried eggs.  From my perspective, this recipe is a lot healthier than your rice crap.

ETA:  How come there is no pie selection in your poll?  Are you one of those?
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:17:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
Skip the olive oil and fry up 4 slices of BACON, cubed.

Then remove bacon and fry the onion.  Add the rice, bacon and spices.  Get hot, then add water and soaked/parboiled lentils.  Season and cook until rice is done, 20 minutes.


Intriguing. That might work really well. Given the Middle Eastern origins of this dish I doubt it was prepared with bacon but, hell, almost anything can be improved with it.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:18:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By clintox:
Originally Posted By DLoken:
Originally Posted By clintox:
I want to try it. Can you post a more complete recipe? Also, where's the best place to find lentils?


Really, it's pretty much cooking rice (in a rice cooker) with the cooked lentils and spices then mixing in the fried onions/oil at the end.


Sounds pretty easy, but I'm interested in knowing what kind of spices to use to produce an authentic middle eastern flavor. My spice rack is huge. Thanks.


There seems to be no common recipe and I have no idea of how authentic it tastes but most seem to involve cumin as the primary spice. To be honest I could care less how authentic it is so long as it tastes as good as it does.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:20:15 PM EDT
I am a fan of Mediterranean and Arabic foods, they tend to be healthy and tasty at the same time
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:20:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By usp4u:
If you put that in front of me, I'd dump it on your head and say "Queer".


I'm curious, what determines the sexuality of a dish?
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:20:39 PM EDT
Sounds good, what are the spices?
Originally Posted By DLoken:
Rice, lentils, onions, olive oil and spices; How can something this simple taste so good?

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Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:22:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 1:22:45 PM EDT by DLoken]
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Wouldn't it be easier to open up a can of roast beef hash, and fry it.  Then top it with 6 slices of bacon and 3 fried eggs.  From my perspective, this recipe is a lot healthier than your rice crap.

ETA:  How come there is no pie selection in your poll?  Are you one of those?


Lentils have a lot of fiber and protein in them. Given that it is made with olive oil this is probably healthier than some processed meat and potatoes. Still carb heavy however, although the fat, protein and fiber in it certainly make it filling.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 1:23:41 PM EDT
onions =
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 3:29:02 PM EDT
How can you not like onions?
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 3:33:28 PM EDT
I always been a big fan of the onion and garlic to.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 3:49:19 PM EDT



Originally Posted By HardShell:


I've never had it before that I recall so I can't vote, but it looks/sounds like something I'd try and probably like.





We have an Iranian buffet (they weren't doing well and changed their name to Persian, now it's standing room only... go figure) and they have three variations of that on the buffet. I like it but not as a main course.



 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 3:51:00 PM EDT



Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:


if you put a bowl of it outside will it attract something i can eat?


Depends... do you like rat?



 
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 3:52:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 3:53:37 PM EDT by California_Kid]
Add chicken and some sausage, and you'd have a great Chicken Bog recipe there!






Originally
Posted By DLoken:



How can you not like onions?


My minions don't like onions because they are cats.

Link Posted: 7/22/2010 5:28:49 PM EDT
I'm really thinking of how I can add more protein to this, I'm not sure how well chicken would work. I suppose I can try.
Link Posted: 7/23/2010 11:06:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DLoken:
Originally Posted By usp4u:
If you put that in front of me, I'd dump it on your head and say "Queer".


I'm curious, what determines the sexuality of a dish?


lack of meat.
Link Posted: 7/23/2010 11:27:46 AM EDT



Originally Posted By DLoken:


I'm really thinking of how I can add more protein to this, I'm not sure how well chicken would work. I suppose I can try.


Lamb. with the flavors of onions and the earthy cumin backdrop a well spiced lamb would go great





I'm looking at removing some of the oil and making this soon.



 
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