Lentils and Rice

Even if you are a die-hard meat, and potatoes lover, and would never dream of serving a meatless meal, this recipe is sure to please. The flavors blend well, without being overpowering. I mix a spoonful of plain yogurt in my serving, although my family prefers theirs unadorned. This dish is yummy served hot, or cold, making it equally good in every season.
Spiced Lentils And Rice (Enjadara)

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
1 cup  brown rice
1 cup dry brown lentils
3 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, heat the oil; then cook the onions, stirring until they are lightly browned.
Add the rice, lentils, cumin, turmeric and water to the saucepan and stir.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Then cover and simmer on low for 40 to 45 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed and the lentils and rice are tender.
If the water is absorbed and the lentils are still not tender, add a little more water and cook a few minutes longer.
Gently stir the lentils and rice mixture and season it with salt, pepper, and more cumin, and turmeric, if you desire.
I don't use salt, or pepper, but the original recipe did.
Makes 6 servings.

Adapted from Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook, 1987

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  1. I love anything with cumin in it and this looks delicious to me! THank you for sharing it.

  2. My fiance has an unnatural obsession with cumin, I'll have to make this for him! Thanks for sharing, I'd love to have you pop over and link this up at my party! www.chickenscrathny.com

  3. I agree it would be good any season, but it sure looks great for Fall!

  4. Looks fantastic!! I've never worked with lentils. I'll have to give this a try.

  5. Mmm! I could never give up meat, but this looks delicious and would be great for a meatless night :)

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  6. I make something similar, but without the lentils. I will have to try it with them in it. It looks very healthy too :)

  7. I think it looks yummy! I wonder how it would be if you subbed Quinoa for the rice .... I may try it both ways :)

  8. This looks great! I pinned it. Yum! Stopping by from Dawn's Disaster.

  9. Lentils are probably my favorite legume, thanks for sharing at Meatless Monday!