Adapted from the recipe in More with Less cookbook.

Step 1: Rice and Lentils
Heat in heavy saucepan or covered skilled:
2 T oil
3 onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced

Add: 1 1/4 c lentils, dried and rinsed

Brown lentils over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Add:
3 c boiling water or vegetable stock
1 t salt
dash pepper

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 25 minutes without stirring.

Step 2: Sauce
In a saucepan, heat together:
3/4 c tomato paste
3 c tomato juice, tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes
1 green pepper, chopped
chopped celery leaves
1 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t cumin
1/4 t cayenne pepper or crushed chiles to taste.

Bring sauce to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer 20-30 minutes.  Put rice-lentil mixture on a platter.  Pour tomato sauce over.  Can omit the sauce and serve with plain yogurt instead. 

Copyright 2014 Jeannie Ewing

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