Red Lentil Rice


According to our friends at the Meatless Monday movement in Kuwait, this dish of red lentils, rice, and aromatic herbs and spices, called Moadas, provided sustenance to the Kuwaiti people in days past. Dried lime can be found in Middle Eastern markets or specialty online retailers and lends a complex acidity to the dish.

Serves 2-4

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup red lentil
  • 1 handful chopped dill
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped tomato*
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp dried lime powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • A dash of salt
  • 3 tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1 1/2 liters hot water
  • 2 whole heads of garlic*
  • 2 whole green chilis*
  • 3 whole dried limes*
  • *Optional

Heat cooking oil in a large pot. Cook onion, garlic cloves, tomato, spices, and half the amount of dill in cooking oil for 3 minutes.

Add the rice, lentils, whole garlic, whole dried lime, whole green chilis, water, and the rest of the dill.

Cover and cook over high heat until the water is absorbed, then simmer over low heat about 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Information

Red Lentil Rice

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  366

Calories from Fat:  98

Total Fat:  11g

Saturated Fat:  2g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  44mg

Potassium:  400mg

Carbohydrates:  56g

Dietary Fiber:  9g

Protein:  10g

Sugars:  2g

Vitamin A:  3%

Vitamin C:  14%

Calcium:  3%

Iron:  26%

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