Fagi – Cypriot green lentils with rice and onion

Nov 19, 2021 | Recipes

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Fagi – Cypriot green lentils with rice and onion

This is a great meal for a family and will probably last for 2 days, it is cheap, it is filling, healthy and good for your insides.



  • 1 bag (500g) of green lentils
  • 4 large onions – sliced
  • oil to fry onions
  • 1 lemon – juiced
  • 1 cup of rice
  • salt and pepper


Empty bag of lentils in large pan and cover with water and soak for about an hour. Drain and rinse the lentils with clean water. Cover lentils with about an inch of water above the lentils. Do NOT add salt.

Fry the onions in a little oil with seasoning in a separate pan, you are trying to get the onions soft and lightly browned, it normally takes about the same time to cook the lentils.

Bring to boil then simmer the lentils for about an hour, if the liquid evaporates too quickly add more water. Skim off the foam on the surface of the simmering lentils, Add more clean water to the mixture to replace the water that has been skimmed.

Keep tasting the lentils until they are soft. The lentils will be plumper.

Add the cup of washed rice to the pan containing the soft lentils.  Add cooked onions to the mixture after about 5 minutes after adding rice. Cook lentils, rice and onions until rice is ready.

Add juice of 1 lemon and stir in.

Add more salt to taste.

During this time you have to judge how much water to add if any, as the rice and lentils absorb the water. You are trying to ensure there is no cooking liquid left just a moist mixture. Don’t worry if you have liquid left, just switch off and leave for an hour, the rice and lentils should absorb the liquid.

image of cooked fagi