How to Make Lentils Risotto

by Sonia Fares/سونيا فارس /Соня фарис

Serve it like any risotto. supposed to be a complete protein. It is vegetarian and gluten free. And it is My way... No frying. Healthy and can be served as a unique meal.


  • 240 Grams Lentils blond and sprouted
  • 120 Grams Rice arborio 1/2 cup
  • 1 Onions big diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin grains crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil or more
  • 2 Pepperoncini (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Rosemary branches/ stalk
  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric/curcuma
  • ½ Teaspoons Black peppercorns
  • 4 Spring onions when in season
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Originally it is mujadarah , a Lebanese popular recipe. Considered to b a complete protein. Association of lentils and rice. Also...Traditionally , onions are fried in olive oil and added to finish.

    Step 2

    Golden lentils. 1 cup. Soak the night before. And sprout. Refer to my guide about sprouting lentils

    Step 3

    Blond lentils

    Step 4

    Sprouted lentils. Even if they are going to be cooked, Sprouting, make them easier to digest. Add the diced onion. Boil 30 mins (30 mins)

    Step 5

    Here I am cooking lentils that have been soaked but not sprouted because of the time.

    Step 6

    Dice the onion

    Step 7

    Add the onion and cook for 30-40 mins on medium heat....until lentils are done but still aldente

    Step 8

    Arborio rice

    Step 9

    Add the rice. And boil for another 30 mins

    Step 10

    You can always use any onion you have. Fresh onions are not available in winter.

    Step 11

    Prepare the spices. Chili is optional. Very important tip: turmeric is a wonder for the health but its benefits are mostly absorbed by the body when associated with black pepper. Dice the onions

    Step 12

    After 30 mins, add the spices. .... you still have some liquid. Here you will have to stir it constantly to dry the water and cream it like any risotto. If it is dry you can always boiling water

    Step 13

    Step 14

    This is the consistency of risotto we are looking for. Serve immediately

    Step 15

    Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Garnish with the diced spring onions and some paprika for the color???