This classic Egyptian dish is a tasty way to use up leftover rice or pasta.

Prep time
30 mins
Cook time
40 mins
8 serves


  • 1 packet Community Co Macaroni*
  • ½ cup white rice
  • 1 tbsp Community Co Rice Bran Oil*
  • ½ cup green lentils (dry)
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tin crushed tomatoes
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp Community Co Black Peppercorns*
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 40mL lime juice
    Side dish suggestions:

  • Salad greens
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Mint

How to make:

  1. Boil pasta for 10 minutes or until cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. Boil green lentils for 20 minutes until tender, drain and set aside.
  3. Fry the onion in a well-oiled fry pan until very well cooked and caramelised around the edges. Remove the onions from the oil and place on a separate plate.
  4. In the same fry pan, add the cooked lentils and fry for 2 minutes then add rice for 2 minutes.
  5. Add 1 cup of water to the pan, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to lowest setting so that the rice and lentils cooks slowly for 30 minutes.
  6. In another fry pan, fry the garlic. Add the tomatoes, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, ground coriander and lime juice and heat through.
  7. To serve this dish, you can lay out all the components so each person can make their own in a bowl. Start with the rice and lentils as the base, then add some pasta, then chickpeas, some tomato sauce then fried onions to top it off. Serve hot.


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