Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions

Before we move into summer, here's a wintry dish which I forgot to post when I made it. The onion has great flavour and does cook down considerably, so maybe you want to err on the side of generosity when judging the amount you use.

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions

Source: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison


6 Tbsp olive oil
1 very large onion, sliced into rounds 1/4 inch thick
1 1/4 cups green or brown lentils, sorted and rinsed
salt and freshly milled pepper
3/4 cup white or brown long-grain rice


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it's a rich, dark brown, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the lentils in a saucepan with 1 quart water and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rice, plenty of pepper, and, if needed, additional water to cover.
Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is done, about 15 minutes. Stir in half the onions, then cover and let stand off the heat for 5 minutes. Spoon the lentil-rice mixture onto plates or a platter and cover with the remaining onions.


Jeanne said...

I love lentils! This meal sounds simple and delicious. I like that you topped it with fried onions.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Ahhh... Andreas, it's lunch time here and I can't tell you how incredibly good this looks and sounds to me right now.
Every recipe of hers I've made has been so good; so much more flavor than you'd think.

Elle said...

Great lentil dish...especially with those flavorful onions!Will make this one for clinic this week. The folks who work healing people really appreciate recipes like this one! Thanks.

Joanne said...

I always like to err on the side of generosity when it comes to onions...you can never have too many. What a great dish!

A Mom said...

hi, i just looking the lentils recipe and I like yours because it so simple. making this tonight. thanks!