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Pilaf with Chickpeas and Lentils
Turkey - Müceddere

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4 main 8 side  
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8-3/4 hrs soak
50%

This tasty pilaf can serve as either a vegetarian main course (serve with yogurt on the side) or as a side dish for any meat or vegetarian main dish.




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Chick Peas
Lentils, green
Tomatoes
Cumin seed
Chili powder (1)
Rice long grain
Onions
Olive Oil ExV
Sugar (opt)
Salt
Pepper black
Lemon Juice
Orzo (2)
Broth
Parsley flat leaf
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Lettuce
Lemon Wedges
Prep   -   (9 hrs - 15 min work)
  1. Soak CHICK PEAS 8 hours or overnight in sufficient water and 1/2 t Salt. Drain and cook them in water to cover until just tender, about 45 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the LENTILS in water to cover until just tender, about 20 minutes, drain and mix with Chick Peas.
  3. Scald TOMATOES 1 minute in boiling water, quench in cold water, peel and chop small.
  4. Grind Cumin and add to Tomatoes with Chili Powder.
  5. Squeeze LEMON JUICE.
  6. Wash RICE thoroughly, then soak 1/2 hour in plenty of cold water. Drain and set aside.
  7. Slice ONIONS thin lengthwise (so they hold together better). Cut slices in half crosswise if large.
  8. Chop PARSLEY coarse.
RUN   -   (45 min)
  1. In a heavy sauce or sauté pan of adequate size (3 qt) heat Olive Oil moderately. Stir in Onions, Sugar, Salt and Pepper. Cover and cook on gentle heat until Onions are cooked tender. Uncover, increase heat to moderatly high, add Lemon Juice and fry stirring until the onions are medium browned - and stop eating all the onions!
  2. Stir in Rice and Orzo for a couple minutes, then stir in Chickpeas, Lentils and 1-1/2 c Broth. Simmer tightly covered until broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  3. Check Salt and liquid. Stir in Parsley and let sit covered 5 minutes. Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves with lemon wedges. Some might like hot sauce on the side.
NOTES:
  1. Chili Powder:   Aleppo is the most appropriate chili powder in the quantity given. It is fairly mild and sweet. If you use Kashmir or Korean chili powder cut back a bit. For details see our Chili Page.
  2. Orzo:   This is a rice shaped pasta a bit larger than a rice grain when dry.
  3. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch ar=as required tt=to taste
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