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Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

I never knew I could like rice and beans so much. I made this dish for the first time about a year ago, before I had an organizational system in place for my recipes. (I just completed a spreadsheet of all the recipes I have in all my cookbooks organized by meal type, protein and a main vegetable, it took a while but it’s a time saver now.)

Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

There have been a few times that I have craved this dish, but I couldn’t remember the name or where to find the recipe. Well just my luck I had accidently bought some leeks by mistake and went looking for a recipe in my new recipe spreadsheet that was using leeks. And what do you know; I found a recipe using leeks in my Cook’s Illustrated magazine the same magazine that had this recipe for Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions! I was so excited I had to put this on the meal plan and blog it ASAP! I hope you will enjoy this one as much as I do.

Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

 

 

Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Yield: 5

Ingredients

CRISPY ONIONS

  • 2 pounds onions, halved and sliced crosswise into ¼-inch-thick pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil

YOGURT SAUCE

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

RICE AND LENTILS

  • 1 ¼ cups green or brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups basmati rice
  • 1 recipe Crispy Onions, plus 3 tablespoons reserved oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Instructions

ONIONS

  1. Toss the onions and salt together in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet and dry well.
  2. Heat onions and oil in a Dutch oven over high heat, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Drain onions in a colander set over a large bowl. Transfer onions to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain and set aside. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the onion oil for the dish and save the remaining oil for another purpose. Oil can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

YOGURT SAUCE

  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in the refrigerator while you prepare the rice and lentils.

RICE AND LENTILS

  1. Combine lentils, 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook the lentils until they are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and set aside. While lentils cook, place rice in a medium bowl and cover by 2 inches with hot tap water, and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Using your hands,gently swish around the rice to release excess starch. Carefully pour the water off leaving the rice in the bowl. Add cold tap water to the rice and pour off the water. Repeat this process 4 to 5 times until water runs almost clear. Drain rice in a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Heat reserved onion oil, garlic, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper and cayenne in a Dutch oven over medium high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the edges begin to turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add 2 ¼ cups water, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir in the lentils and reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and remove the lid. Fold a dish towel in half and place over the pot, replace the lid and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice and lentils with a fork and stir in cilantro and half of the crispy onions. Transfer to plates and top with remaining crispy onions and yogurt sauce.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1380mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 19gSugar: 16gProtein: 21g

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