Sunday, January 9, 2011

Veganomicon Review: Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions and Spiced Pita Chips

After spending a few months with Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, I started to worship Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. They are my heros. Because I want Veganomicon to make them a lot of money so they will continue spending their time creating fantastic recipes, I won't post the recipes I try as part of the Cookbook Club. Or maybe I'll post just one favorite. If you like how these sound, you should buy the book too!I love Mujadarah so was excited to try Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions and Spiced Pita Chips. The book describes it as "Spiced red lentils transform into a creamy, golden mash that just melts right into the fragrant rice and rich caramelized onions." That's right on the money. The recipe calls for roasting two pounds of onions in olive oil for a long time, until they're deep brown and very sweet and then adding them to spiced lentils and rice. The result is a fragrant, heavenly, creamy dish. I served it with their Spiced Pita Crisps, which are pitas cut up, sprayed with cooking spray, and sprinkled with spices (I used garam masala).

I give it 5 out of 5 for deliciousness. It's awesome. I would serve this for a dinner party or bring to a potluck. It's sure to impress.

It was very easy to make, though my cooking times were way off from the recipe. My onions needed to roast twice as long as it called for, and my lentils and rice absorbed the water in 30 minutes less than it called for!

(Note: It's a whopping 10 WeightWatchers PointsPlus, but worth it!)

Loved this dish. An auspicious start to reviewing this cookbook!


  1. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing Veganomicon yet, but I am totally in love with Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Brunch. I'm hoping to get my hands on a copy of this soon! It looks fab from your photo!!

  2. I'm doing Lindsay's cookbook club too and am flipping through the book now for recipes. This one caught my eye as well - I love anything with carmelized onion!
    Yours looks delicious.

  3. i love mujadara! though, remember not really liking the veganomicon version. glad it turned out well for you. :)