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Lentils and Rice

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.

This is a wonderfully healthy recipe full of nutrients from every single ingredient in the list.

It’s a great vegetarian main course or side dish for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

If you are not a vegetarian, why not try a meatless Monday?

lentils rice

Lentils and Rice

Lentils and rice are a delicious combination you may not have tried. Lentils are a wonderful non-meat source of protein. This recipe is a wonderful vegetarian main course or a perfect side dish or Meatless Monday option.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main or Side, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 365 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, small, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled & grated
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 cups red lentils, dry, uncooked
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Cook the brown rice in 4 cups water with 1 teaspoon of salt added for 35 to 45 minutes until tender.
  • 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.
  • Add the lentils and water. Cook for 20 minutes. Add the salt. Cook for 5 minutes. Mix in the chopped cilantro.
  • Serve over the brown rice or see the note below.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 19gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 598mgPotassium: 742mgFiber: 20gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 224IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 6mg
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Serves 6

Notes:

  • 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.

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