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Koshary (Lentils And Rice)

8 Servings
LENTILS ========================
1 T corn oil
1 md (1/2 c) onion,chopped
1 c dried lentils,soaked in
-water for,1 hr & drained
3 c water,divided
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t cuminseed,Ground
2 c raw rice,rinsed in cold watr
1/2 t salt,or to taste
1 crisp fried onions,for

Vegetarian and dairy foods go well together, especially when well seasoned and enriched by lentil. A completely kosher combination. There are several botanical varieties of lentil and one we used here is greenish-brown type found in supermarkets.
1. In a pan, heat oil. Add onion and stir-fry over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Add lentils, 1 cup of water, pepper, and cuminseed. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add remaining water to lentil mixture and bring to a boil over moderate heat. Add rice and salt and continue to boil. The reduce heat to low. Cover pan with a kitchen towel and then a metal pan cover. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Test the rice for doneness. It may be necessary to add another 5 minutes over low heat to cooking time. Remove pan from heat and let the mixture rest for another 10 minutes without opening cover.
Serve warm garnished w/crisp fried onions. Serve w/side dish of yogurt.

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