Recipe for Greek Style Lentils and Rice

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This simple dish is made from rice and lentils, and is popular on islands like Crete. It tastes best when served with feta cheese or Greek yogurt.

Moukentra Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Water, for the pot
  • 1/2 cup Greek olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley

How to Make Greek Lentils and Rice:

Add the lentils and bay leaf to a medium-sized pot. Stir in water so that the lentils are covered by about 2 inches. Place the lid on the pot and bring the lentils to a boil over medium-high. Drop the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Drain the lentils through a strainer and let them sit.

Clean and dry the pot. Pour the oil into the pot and set the heat to medium. Add the onions and saute for about 5-minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add the lentils and saute for about 1 minute. Stir in the stock, rice, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, drop the heat on low and simmer it until all the liquid is absorbed or until the rice and lentils are both soft. Check the dish every ten minutes so that it doesn’t get overcooked. Stir in the fresh parsley just before serving.

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