Wash and soak the lentils in a bowl for about 30 minutes
Peel and slice thin the yellow onion and set aside
In a small flat pan add 1 tsp of olive oil and the sliced onion.
Roast the onion on a slow heat, as it starts browning add a pinch of salt and a few cumin seeds. Once it is well caramelized, remove from heat and set aside.
Wash the rice and keep aside
Into a heavy pan/ pressure cooker / instapot add the olive oil, followed by the cumin seeds and cloves
As the cloves and cumin become aromatic, drain and add the lentils and rice and saute for a minute.
Add 3 cups of water if using the pressure cooker.
Add salt and mix well.
Pressure cook for 3 whistles or for 10 minutes on medium
Remove from heat. Open when the pressure is released naturally and fluff the rice
Serve hot topped with the roasted onion and with a dollop of tzatziki and marinated olives.