Lentils and Rice

lentils rice
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  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 45m

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Total Fat

    4.1 g
  • Saturated Fat

    0.8 g
  • Cholesterol

    0 mg
  • Sodium

    589 mg
  • Potassium

    768 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates

    65.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber

    21.7 g
  • Protein

    19.4 g
  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Calcium

  • Iron


Lentils and rice are a delicious combination you may not have tried.

Plus, check out the protein content in the nutritional values box on the right. Lentils are a wonderful non-meat source of protein. That makes this recipe a wonderful vegetarian main course or, for us meat eaters, a perfect side dish or Meatless Monday option.

I think you will really enjoy the flavors – savory onion and garlic, mild (or hot) curry and the brightness of fresh cilantro. It’s a nice mix of flavors.

Lentils and Rice

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  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked (250 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (5 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15 ml)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled & grated (2.5 cm)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder (25 ml)
  • 2 cups dry red lentils (500 ml)
  • 4 cups water (1 L)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (250 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (2 ml)


Step 1

Cook the brown rice in 4 cups water with 1 teaspoon of salt added for 35 to 45 minutes until tender.

Step 2

While the rice is cooking heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and curry powder. Cook for 2 minutes. Do not brown.

Step 3

Add the lentils and water. Cook for 20 minutes. Add the salt. Cook for 5 minutes. Mix in the chopped cilantro.

Step 4

Serve over the brown rice or see the note below.

Serves 6


  • I serve it by mixing the rice and lentils together as shown in the picture above.
  • If you use another kind of lentils, brown or green lentils for example, the cooking time may be a bit longer. Make sure to read the label on the bag to make sure you are cooking them long enough.
  • You can also substitute white rice. The brown has a delicious chewy texture and is healthier, but does take much longer to cook.

Serve this wonderful lentil recipe as the main part of a vegetarian meal or as a side dish with chicken, fish or beef.

If you use this lentils and rice recipe as a vegetarian main course, have a look at more vegetarian recipes here.

This is a wonderfully healthy recipe full of nutrients from every single ingredient in the list. If you are not a vegetarian, why not try a meatless Monday?

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