Recipe by nomnom
Came across this recipe on nytimes.com in an article written by the Kitchen Goddess herself: Nigella Lawson. Haven't tried it yet, but I thought I'd share this. I'm drooling over the thought of it! :) I did omit the ghee to make it healthier.
Top Review by Samsara
This was ok but not amazing. I think my main problem was the mustard seeds, which I would eliminate in the future. Also, be sure to follow her instructions and reserve some of the onions. I might even reserve all of them, because the cooked ones loose a lot of their flavor.
- 1 onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 4 dried curry leaves (optional)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup green lentil (french green is suggested)
- 1 cup basmati rice
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large heavy-based saucepan, heat over medium heat.
- Add onion slices, and sauté until softened and deep golden brown.
- Remove half the onions and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add turmeric, cumin, coriander, cloves, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
- Add salt, and season with black pepper to taste.
- Combine lentils and rice in a fine-meshed sieve, and rinse well with cold water.
- Drain, then add to pan.
- Add 4 cups water, raise heat, and bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat to very low, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Water should be completely absorbed; if not, remove pan from heat, remove lid and cover pan with a kitchen towel, then replace lid and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
- To serve, fluff pilaf with a fork, and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Garnish with reserved onions.