Green or brown lentils – 1 cup
Rice – long-grain, basmati, or whatever else is in the cupboard – 1 cup
Onions – two or three large, cut in half and thinly sliced
Olive oil – lots; start with 1/3 cup
Salt (essential); pepper if you like
Rinse the lentils and then cook them in 4 cups of water for about 25 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, prepare the rice: heat two tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of salt in a saucepan. Add rice and ?saute? until mildly translucent (for a minute or so). Add 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Reduce flame to very low and cook covered for about 25 minutes.
Also meanwhile: fry the onions in the rest of the oil in a large frying pan, stirring often, until they turn brown and start to get crispy.
Add the drained lentils and rice to the pan with the onions, and fry up the whole mess until the lentils and rice start to brown a bit. Serve with a generous dollop of plain yogurt.