I saw this recipe on a Today show segment with Padma Lakshmi. It is really good! I used chicken andouille sausage. I ended up needing to add more liquid than the recipe called for. Moving it here for safe keeping,
In a medium stock pot, make the rice to package directions. Set aside.
Boil lentils in another saucepan with 4 inches salted water and a bay leaf for 25-30 4. minutes, or until lentils are tender but still firm and not mushy. Drain and reserve half the cooking liquid.
In a deep skillet, heat oil on medium heat, and saute the cumin seeds, onions, garlic, ginger, bell peppers and carrots for 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Now add red chili flakes and salt to taste. Saute for 5 more minutes and then add sliced sausage.
After 4-5 minutes, or when sausage is slightly browned at the edges, add drained lentils to skillet. Stir. Add 1/4 cup of the lentil cooking liquid.
Swirl in 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and add another 1/4 cup of lentil cooking liquid if needed. Stir to dissolve the paste well.
Let the mixture simmer 5 more minutes and then turn off heat. Add juice of 1 lime and chopped fresh cilantro. Serve over plain rice.