Thursday, July 9, 2009


This is a middle eastern dish that I have adapted to be simple and economical. Do I need to mention tasty? I wouldn't be posting it if it wasn't! Some recipes are more like a soup where as this one is thicker, more like a stew. If you want it thinner just add more broth and/or water.

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 can garbanzo beans
4 cups vegetable broth (chicken works too)
2 cups water
1 tsp. Garlic powder
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 can tomatoes, undrained
1 cup lentils
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp. each sweet paprika, turmeric, ground ginger, ground coriander
1/4 tsp. each ground nutmeg, black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
¾ cup brown rice
1/2 c. golden raisins, chopped (optional)

Heat oil in a large pot until hot, add the onion and cook until tender. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot. Simmer stirring occasionally 40 minutes, or until lentils and rice are tender. When tender remove from heat and serve.


  1. This is the best bean dish ever. The best part is the garbanzo beans. Thats all there is to it, it's just good.

  2. Maybe I'll try this tonight. I'd have to mash the beans some for the picky husband in the house but that should be ok..