How to cook Lentils and Rice. This is a popular healthy recipe. I have to admit I really only enjoy vegetarian food if I can have a bit of meat with it, but this recipe is completely perfect in its own right, so you don’t have to try and improve it by adding sausages, chicken or pork chops unless you really want to . Here are ingredients and easy directions:
LENTILS AND RICE RECIPE
6 oz (150 g) basmati rice 6 oz (150 g) brown or green lentils or yellow split peas 2 onions Mushrooms 3/4 tsp cumin seeds 3/4 tsp turmeric 3/4 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp sugar Olive oil Vegetable oil 11/4 pints (approx 750 ml) water 2 eggs Tomatoes Cucumber
Salt & pepper
Soak the lentils in cold water overnight. Rinse the soaked lentils or yellow split peas thoroughly then put them in a pan with approximately 11/4 pints (750 ml) of cold water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 25 minutes until the lentils are soft. (Don’t strain the water away.) Warm a very large pan on the hob and toast the cumin seeds for a minute until you start to smell the flavour coming offthem (don’t let them burn) then add some olive oil to the pan followed by the cinnamon, turmeric and rice. Stir well and make sure the rice is coated with the oil and spices. Add the cooked lentils and their water to the pan with the rice, season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil, cover and simmer very gently over a low heat for about 20 minutes or until the rice is done. Meanwhile, put the eggs into the pan to cook with the rice for 10 minutes then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. While you’re waiting for the rice to cook warm some vegetable oil in a small pan then stir in the sugar. As soon as the oil is darker in colour, add the onions and cook for a few minutes until they’re golden, or just the way you like them, then add the mushrooms and cook for another couple of minutes. As soon as the rice is cooked take the pan off the heat and if you think there’s still a little too much liquid strain some away.
Mix the onions and mushrooms with the rice and lentils and garnish with the chopped hard-boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes and cucumber.
Follow this directions carefully. Hope you like this simple recipe and Bon Apetit.
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