This highly spiced dish from Egypt is perfect for vegetarians because it is so rich with protein, due to the combination of lentils and pasta. You'll love the interesting texture and mix of flavours.
Add 1 deseeded and thinly sliced red pepper in step 4, cooking it in the oil until slightly softened before adding the spices and cooked lentils.
*Lentils are an excellent source of iron and of dietary fibre, particularly the soluble type. They also provide useful amounts of many B vitamins.
*An onion topping like this is traditionally deep-fried, but here it is cooked in a small amount of oil in a nonstick pan, to reduce the fat content.
Generally very nice - I mixed steps 1 and 3 to save on pans and it seemed to work well. The caramelised onions were amazing. - 17 Feb 2010