Monday, June 2, 2014

Rice and Lentils - A One Pot Recipe

I love when a great dish can come together in one pot.

Whenever I am asked if there is one dish I could eat everyday and not get tired of, my response is always rice and beans.  And type of bean would do but I am a bit partial to lentils.  This is actually my second Rice and Lentil post.  The last dish I made is a wonderful Mujadara.  This dish is similar to that one but comes together in one pot and doesn't have the caramelized onions on top...but you could always add those easily.

The aroma when this dish is cooking is so enticing.  If your like me, anything with cumin in it gets your appetite going (I may have added extra cumin to ours because one could never have enough cumin - who's with me?)  There is a bit of cinnamon and salt in this as well.  That's about all - it's a super simple dish that is so full of great flavors.  This is a great side dish with any meal or even as a main course with a small salad....or maybe cold out of the container standing by the fridge the next day - just saying.

recipe from
1 cup dry lentils
6 1/2 cups water
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1-2 bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 pinch of cinnamon
2 cups Basmati rice
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Cover the lentils with water,  add the garlic, bay leaves, cumin and cinnamon to the pot. Bring to a boil and let cook for about 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. 
Add in the rice, salt and olive oil and bring back up to a boil.  Stir the ingredients, cover the pot and reduce to low for about 15 minutes more.  
This dish is done when the water has been absorbed.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

One year ago I made Slow Cooker Kalua Pork
Two years ago I made Apple Meatloaf
Three years ago I made Broccoli Feta Quiche

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So - what is the one dish you could eat over and over again and never tire of?


  1. This is total comfort food!

  2. Yummy. This looks like a great basic recipe to have. We love Basmati rice anyways. pinning to try. Have a wonderful weekend.


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