Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions
This can be served either warm or room temperature as an appetizer (good with toasted pita chips), or as a side to chicken. As suggested by some reviewers, add cumin and allspice to taste, if desired!
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 6 large yellow onions
- 4 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 1⁄4 cups brown lentils
- 1 1⁄4 cups long-grain rice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- plain yogurt
- Peel and slice onions vertically.
- Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add onion; cover and cook 15 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
- Uncover and increase heat to medium; cook 25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and keep onions warm.
- While onion cooks, bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Add lentils; return to a boil and reduce heat to keep at a low boil and cook 20 minutes.
- Stir in 1/2 cup caramelized onion, rice, salt, and pepper. Cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 25 minutes, until lentils and rice are tender.
- Spoon lentils and rice into a shallow dish; top with remaining onion.
- Drizzle remaining oil over lentils. Serve with yogurt, if desired.
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Loved it!!!<br/>My Dad grew up in India and as a kid I remember him making similar dishes. As far as I can tell the only difference between his and this recipe is that he made the onions for the topping crispy. I made it as directed cutting it back to 4 servings for 2 of us. There is enough left for my lunch tomorrow and it's almost enough motivation to go to bed early so it will be tomorrow sooner. LOL. I didn't have any yougurt in the house so used Tzatziki. Scrumptious - people you have to make this!!Reply
This was super yummy. I added in cumin and turmeric, used a bit more salt and found the dish needed quite a bit more water as it cooked. I reduced the amount of oil, ao had to watch my onions quite carefully and they aybe didn't brown as much as you'd have liked, but still a fantastic side dish we both really enjoyed. I thought the tart yoghurt really worked well with the sweetness of the onion topping.Reply
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