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One Pot Lentil and Rice (Plant Based)






This recipe is inspired by Lebanese Mujadara and a combination of few Mediterranean recipes (however, I have added Ginger because of it’s various health benefits especially with digestion).

Make this healthy & easy plant-based recipe for lunch or dinner! Give this video a thumbs up if you tried this recipe

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▶️ RECIPE INGREDIENTS: (4 to 5 servings)

1 Cup / 200g BROWN LENTILS ONLY (washed and soaked in water for at least 4 to 6 hours (or overnight) until the lentils are very tender)
(NOTE: Some brown lentils are more dry than the others and therefore need more soaking time. How to know if the lentils are soaked well? You should be able to cut a lentil piece with your nails, effortlessly. If not, then soak it longer)

1 Cup /200g BASMATI Rice (thoroughly washed/soaked in water for 20 minutes)
3 Cup / 400g Chopped Onions – 2 medium size onions (430g with skin on)
1 Tablespoon ginger (very finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon garlic (very finely chopped)
3/4 Cup Strained Tomatoes / Passata
1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper OR to taste (Optional)
Salt to taste (I added total 1+1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt)
2 Cups / 475ml Water

Garnish:
3/4 cup / 70g Parsley (finely chopped)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste (I added 1/2 teaspoon)
Lemon or Lime juice to taste (I added 1+1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, I like it a bit sour)
Extra Virgin Olive oil (I added 2 tablespoons of organic cold-pressed olive oil)

▶️ METHOD:

Use a Wider Cooking Pot to make this dish (this this will cook the rice more evenly and prevent it from getting mushy).

Wash and soak the brown lentils for at least 4 to 6 hours (or overnight) until the lentils are very tender.
[PLEASE NOTE: Some brown lentils are more dry than the others and there need more soaking time. How to know if the lentils are soaked well? You could should be able to cut a lentil piece with your nails, effortlessly. If not, soak it longer]

Thoroughly wash the rice until the water runs clear to get rid of any impurities/gunk (it’s an important step so do not skip it). Soak for 20 minutes.

Heat a pan, add cooking oil, onion and 1/2 tsp salt. Adding salt to the onions will help release water and help it cook faster. Fry the onion on medium-high heat until it starts to caramelize. Once caramelized, reduce the heat to medium to medium-low heat (depending on the heat of your stove) and add finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry until onions are nicely browned (be careful not to burn the onion).

Once the onion is caramelized, add the strained tomatoes/passata and spices. Give it a good mix. Add the soaked lentil and rice, along with salt and water. Cover and bring to a vigorous boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes.

[PLEASE NOTE: Every stove is different, so ADJUST THE COOKING TIME as per the heat of your stove to prevent the rice from getting mushy]

Uncover and check to see if the rice and lentils are cooked (it should be cooked by now, if its not, cover and cook it for a bit longer). Now continue to cook UNCOVER for another 1 to 2 minutes on low heat to get rid of any excess moisture. Turn off the heat.

Add parsley, lemon juice, black pepper and drizzle of olive oil. Mix very gently, the rice is delicate at this point and we don’t want to break it. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving (for flavors to blend).

Stores well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. It’s perfect for meal planning.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

– Soak lentils until they are very tender. The soaking time depends on the quality of the lentils. Some brown lentils are more dry than the others and therefore need more soaking time.

– How to know if the lentils are soaked well? You should be able to cut a lentil piece with your nails, effortlessly. If not, then soak longer.

– It’s really important that the lentils soak well. Reason is to match the cooking time of lentil with the rice. This will prevent the rice from getting mushy

– Drain the soaked rice and lentil really well, to get rid of any excess water

– Use a Wider Cooking Pot to make this dish (this this will cook the rice more evenly and prevent it from getting mushy)

– Caramelize the onion well, this adds a lot of flavor to this dish

– Every stove is different, so ADJUST THE COOKING TIME as per the heat of your stove to prevent the rice from getting mushy

Enjoy!

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