A recipe from my friend Wendy. This has become a regular at our house- healthy, meatless & tasty.
Lentils & Rice
1 cup small french green or brown lentils (I've used both-- the green have a little better texture, but brown is just fine too)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 t minced garlic
3/4 cup long grain white rice
1 t salt
3/4 t cumin
1/2 t pepper
1-In a 3 qt sauce pan, bring lentils and 2 1/2 cups water to a boil. Cover and let simmer until tender - about 20-25 minutes. Drain.
2-Meanwhile, add oil, onions and garlic to a 12 inch frying pan over medium heat. Stir and cook until onions are golden. Add rice, salt, cumin & pepper. Stir until rice looks opaque- about 3 minutes.
3- Stir in drained lentils & 2 more cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer. Stir occasionally until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. (Sometimes i have to add a little extra liquid to get the rice tender. Serve with Yogurt Sauce
1 c plain lowfat yogurt
1/3 c finely chopped, seeded cucumber
1/4 t minced garlic
1/4 t dried mint
1/4 t pepper
Mix well & serve over lentils & rice.
You could serve this as a side dish with chicken or fish, but I serve it as a main dish, usually with some wheat toast and fruit. Love the leftovers for lunch.