Green Lentils and Rice Assyrian Style


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"!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup dry green lentils

  • 2 cups water

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 cup basmati rice

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

235 Calories
7g Fat
35g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 257mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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