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Sephardic Megedarra With Garlicky Brown Rice Pilaf

By Food52

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Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 fresh bay leaves, slightly torn and bruised

3 cups short-grained brown rice

more than enough water to cover rice -figure on about 3 1/2 cups

1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

2 cups French green or Black Beluga lentils

2 cups cold water

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium to large onions, halved lengthwise

1 large shallot, thinly sliced

1 pinch salt

1 dash freshly ground pepper

Plain or Goat's milk yogurt for garnish

sliced scallions for garnish