Monsoon Coast

Mahavira’s Rice and Lentil Pilaf

In the Levant, Rice and lentil pilaf is vegetarian comfort staple. Mahavira’s Feast is the perfect spice for this beloved and quick dish.


2 TBL olive oil

1 TBL ghee or butter

1 large onion, diced

1 TBL garlic minced

1 TBL ginger grated

1 green or red tomato or tomatillo, diced

1 cup dried whole lentils. Soaked in warm water for 30 minutes. Then, washed well and drained.

1 cup basmati rice, washed and drained.

2 cups vegetable stock or water


Squeeze of lemon

2 TBL chopped parsley

Spices Used: Mahavira’s Feast
5 Servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1.5 hours

1 – Heat up big pot on medium heat, add olive oil and ghee.
2 – Add onion and cook slowly for 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
3 – Add Mahaviar’s Feast spice and cook for two minutes.
4 – Add ginger and garlic and cook for two minutes
5 – Add tomato and cook for 5 minutes or until spice and oil separate a bit.
6 – Add lentils. season with salt and stir to cook for a few minutes.
7 – Add rice and mix.
8 – Add stock, bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat. Simmer for 15 to 20 miutes or until liduid is absorbed and lentils are tender.
9 – Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and chopped parsley
10 – Serve with a Tomato cucumber basil salad and plain yoghurt