Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
I got this recipe from Cornell Cooperative Extension. I helped make this at cooking on a budget cooking class. This was the first time I cooked with or tried lentils. I thought this was so good tasting and very easy to make.
- 1 cup green lentils or 1 cup brown lentils
- 2 tablespoons canola oil or 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 1 cup rice (brown rice recommended)
- 2 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (optional)
- Rinse lentils. If possible, soak in warm water for at least 2 hours. Drain and set aside. If you don't soak the lentils, they may need more water and take longer to cook.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, and saute until golden brown about 10-15 minutes. Set aside 1 cup of the sauteed onions for garnish. Add the rice to the onions and saute until well coated with oil, about 1 minute.
- Add lentils, water, salt, pepper, spices and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook covered over low heat for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Fluff lentils with a fork. Serve on a large platter and scatter the remaining 1 cup of sauteed onions on top. Garnish with non-fat yogurt if desired. Be sure to taste for seasoning.