Megadarra | A Middle Eastern Rice and Lentil Dish


1 1/2 c brown rice

1 1/2c brown lentils

1 can tomato paste (6oz)

1Tbl Braggs aminos or low sodium shoyu

11/2 Tbl cumin

½ Tbl cinnamon

1 tsp tumeric

Salt to taste

3 bay leaves

7 cups water (more may be needed if the pot is dry and the mix is not cooked through)


Cook the lentils and brown rice in the water with the bay leaves, tomato paste and spices by bringing to a boil and turning to low heat for about 45 minutes.  Remove bay leaves.

Garnish with caramelized/roasted onions and peppers and non fat yogurt (or Tzatziki*) if desired.

Can be served hot or cold.


Makes approximately 7 cups

Nutrition information per 1 cup serving

Kcal 260Pro 13 gms Fat 1.4 gms Fiber 12gms Sodium 194 mg


Tzatziki is a mixture of yogurt, sour cream, grated cucumber garlic and dill.

If you are making it use equal parts of the lowest fat yogurt and sour cream available, mix in the cucumber and spices to taste.