In Assyrian, we call this dish "jadarah"! Lentils and rice have come a long way. We see these types of dishes more often! I hope you enjoy this great and easy recipe of "jadarah"!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the lentils into a pot and cover with the water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat for 5 minutes, then cover and remove from heat. Meanwhile, rinse the rice in cold water until water comes out clear.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the rice for about 1 minute, until the grains turn opaque and white, then stir in the lentils and water. Bring the rice mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low for 5 minutes. Stir once, then cover and reduce heat further to low. Continue cooking, covered (don't remove the lid!) until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking and stirring until the onion is very tender and dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. When the rice is ready, stir in the caramelized onion and season with salt.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; protein 8.2g; carbohydrates 34.6g; fat 7.3g; sodium 222.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2011
Very nice recipe, combining everything I like in one: lentils are always a nice change from other beans and legumes; as a Barbadian-American, rice is a staple in our menu -- Basmati's popcorn-like flavor is just an added boost; and caramelized onions (the miracle vegetable!) are fabulous! We'll be making this one again. (Didn't have Basmati rice the first two times I made this; used jasmine the first time and good old Uncle Ben's converted long-grain the second time. Both worked exceptionally well!) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/08/2011
I guess I must have done something wrong. My basmati NEVER turned white and it was crunchy..not good at all. I had to put Pink Himalayan Salt and Garlic to have any taste. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2011
Very nice recipe, combining everything I like in one: lentils are always a nice change from other beans and legumes; as a Barbadian-American, rice is a staple in our menu -- Basmati's popcorn-like flavor is just an added boost; and caramelized onions (the miracle vegetable!) are fabulous! We'll be making this one again. (Didn't have Basmati rice the first two times I made this; used jasmine the first time and good old Uncle Ben's converted long-grain the second time. Both worked exceptionally well!) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/08/2011
I guess I must have done something wrong. My basmati NEVER turned white and it was crunchy..not good at all. I had to put Pink Himalayan Salt and Garlic to have any taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2011
This is So yummy! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2011
Very mild flavor but tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2018
This is tasty! I did change a few things: I put in an extra cup and a half of water when I added the rice, just because I don't know how it's physically possible to cook a cup of lentils AND a cup of rice together in only 2 cups of water. I also added cumin and a little garlic powder. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2017
This is quite delicious and strangely addictive. Those caramelized onions just rock totally. I added some ground cumin and chili peppers. This went very well with thick savoury yogurt. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2020
Great recipe! I added tofu for some protein, along with paprika and garlic salt for a bit of spice and flavor. Very easy but tastes amazing, highly recommend :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2016
Delicious and simple. I thought I'd eat one small side helping. Ended up filling up and eating two big bowls. Husband loved it and I'm looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2013
This is a quick easy recipe and it tastes great! I'm just wondering what this is traditionally served with? Is this typically a side dish or the main dish of a meal? I only know a few Assyrian recipes but I'd love to know more! Thanks for sharing! Read More