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Amazing and Versatile Rice & Lentils

What you need: 

1 medium sized onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup rice
1 cup lentils
4 cup water/bouillon

What you do: 

1. Saute onion and garlic in the oil in medium sized pot, until golden or brown. I like to really brown the onions for the flavor. Season, to taste.
2. After the onions/garlic are as browned as you like them, add the rice, lentils, and water.
3. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for about 30-35 minutes, or until all the water is gone and the rice and lentils are tender but not mushy. Enjoy!
You could add spices according to what you want to make it. An Indian version might include curry powder, chili powder, cinnamon, and cumin. A Mediterranean version might add some tomatoes, basil, parsley, and oregano (topped with a little lemon juice after cooking), or finish off with a little tamari soy sauce after cooking.

Preparation Time: 
45 min
Cooking Time: 
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This was very good!
I used brown rice, cumin seeds, chopped tomato, tomato paste, chopped carrot and at the end i added baby spinach :):) My first vegan recipe :D


This was a great, non-overpowering side dish.  I loved it!  I threw some steamed asparagus on top of it.  Yum. 

I also used red and brown rice with the lentils... so maybe next time I'll cook the rice 10 minutes before adding the lentils.  That should make the lentils a little less mushy, I think. 


this was very tasty- but a little mushy (i should've cooked for less time). i added carrots and mushrooms, then after it was all cooked threw in some spinach leaves.


i havn't tried this recipe yet but it is quite similiar to an italian recipe called pasta lenticchie.  that recipe calls for pasta orzo rather than rice. using orzo will solve the "mushy" problem that comes along with using rice.  i also add carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes and cook for about 1 1/2 hours. (the longer you cook, the more flavor you get)!


The photo I'm adding doesn't do it justice, but since it's so fun to share I thought I'd post it anyway.

For spices I used sage, marjoram, oregano, celery seed, and pepper. I also used a veggie boullion cube and added broccoli.

The rice I have says to cook for 15 minutes, so I added the lentils first, cooked for 30 minutes (or until almost done), then I added the rice and cooked for 15 more minutes.

This is a great recipe for first-time lentil-cookers!


This stuff is SO GOOD.  I love that I can cook everything in one pot and forget about it for 35 minutes.  Also, the splash of lemon juice at the end just makes the dish.  I've been using oregano, parsley, basil, a can of diced tomatoes, and the lemon juice.  Sometimes lemon pepper.

This really is the best when I want a hot meal quickly and easily, have no time, and want to feel full.  So, so good!


This is a good recipe.  I was looking for recipes that my one year old would eat.  I used garlic, onions and broth for flavor.  She liked it.  Howe'ver, I cooked it for 35 minutes and the rice got pretty mushy.  I would suggest cooking it for 25-30 minutes instead.  At the very least, keep an eye on it for the last 15 minutes.



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