persian lentil quinoa


Taking an old Persian recipe an adding a new spin by creating this delicious and unique quinoa recipe. Flavorful, healthy and very filling, the distinctive flavor combinations of this dish are a real palate pleaser.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 169 kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook lentils in salted water over medium high heat, until just tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Once ready, place in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in onions. Sauté until onions begin to become translucent. Mix in raisins, and stir to combine. Then add in cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, and salt & pepper. Add in cooked lentils and mix well.
  4. Add the lentil and raisin mixture to the quinoa and toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper as desired.

Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 8 servings

Serving size is about ¾ cup

Each serving = 4 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.2g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 324mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 29.4g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5.9g 24%
Sugars 6.2g
Protein 6.6g 13%
Calcium 2%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.