Put lentils in a deep pan, add water & bring
to the boil for a few seconds. Then simmer for 20 minutes, add
salt, pepper, cumin, rice. Keep simmering and covered for 20 more
minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a separate pan. Fry the onions
till dark brown, remove the onions with a slotted spoon and put
aside. Add the used oil to the lentil mixture, stir gently and
cook for 5 more minutes. Empty into a bib dish, cover with the
fried onions. Serve hot or cold with salad or yogurt .