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Rice and Lentils with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup lentil mixture, 1/3 cup sauce, and 2 tablespoons onion mixture)
This Egyptian street food is a starch-lover's dream: Rice, pasta, and legumes are crowned with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce and creamy caramelized onions.

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Koshari:
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup uncooked vermicelli, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups dried lentils or yellow split peas
  • 2 1/2 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 292
  • fat 7.7 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 5 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 10.2 g
  • carbohydrate 47.5 g
  • fiber 7.6 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 569 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare sauce, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion to pan, and cook for 15 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, peppers, and tomatoes; cook 10 minutes or until slightly thick. Transfer tomato mixture to a food processor; process 1 minute or until smooth. Keep warm. Wipe skillet dry with paper towels.

  2. To prepare koshari, heat 3 tablespoons oil in pan over medium heat. Add sliced onion; cook 15 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove onion with a slotted spoon to several layers of paper towels; set aside. Return pan to medium heat. Add vermicelli; sauté 2 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Set aside.

  3. Combine 5 cups water and lentils in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Remove from heat; add vermicelli, stirring well to combine. Wrap a clean kitchen towel around lid, and cover lentil mixture; let stand for 10 minutes or until vermicelli is tender. Add rice and 1 teaspoon salt to lentil mixture; fluff with a fork. Serve immediately with sauce and onions.