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Greek Lentils And Rice - Fakorizo

You'll love this easy lentils and rice recipe, aka. Fakorizo. The recipe is simple yet so delicious, featuring wholesome everyday ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings


  • 50g 1/4 cup uncooked green or brown lentils (100 grams cooked)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium/large carrot
  • 100g 1/2 cup medium-grain rice
  • 470g 2cups water (for the oven method) 360g or 2 1/2 cups water (for the stove method)
  • 50g peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Vegeta seasoning (see Notes)



  • Clean any bad lentils or stones that might be found in the lentils, then rinse with cold water for 2-3 minutes.
  • Cover the lentils back with water and leave to soak for 30 minutes up to an hour.
  • Transfer them to a pot cover with more water, optionally add a bay leaf. Simmer the lentils covered with a lid for 25-30 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Once cooked, drain all the water, put the lid back on, and steam for 15 minutes.


    Oven method

    • Preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
    • Dice the onion; cut the carrot in half, and again in half just through the middle in quarters, and then into bite-sized pieces.
    • Rinse the rice with cold water not more than 2-3 times. (This step should be done right before adding the rice to the pan)
    • Preheat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add olive oil together with the onion and carrot. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Continue and add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes while stirring every 30 seconds.
    • Add the vegetable stock or water along with the seasonings. Bring the rice to simmer, cover with aluminium foil then transfer it to the oven.
    • Once the rice gets to a boil again, lower the temperature to 180C/355F and boil for 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked and all the water is gone.
    • Take the pan out of the oven, fluff the lentils with a fork, put the lid on, and let it steam for 10-15 minutes.

    Stove method

    • Repeat all the steps above to step number 5. Once the rice comes to a boil, cover the pan with a lid, lower down the temperature, and cook for 10-12 minutes or untill all the water has been absorbed.
    • Add the cooked lentils, fluff them up with a fork, and then cover them with a lid for another 10 minutes.