This is a recipe I have shared several times over the years. If you have followed me for awhile you may have tried this. I decided a new share would be a good thing since it is on my menu for November. This is a budget meal and I have added a curry version now.
This is a great recipe to make up in bulk and have it available for lunches or a quick dinner on a busy day. It is also a good “meatless” meal. The first variation is a taco version that we eat on flour tortillas with added avocado or guacamole, tomatoes, salsa, and cheese.
The second variation is a curry one that we enjoy with naan. I add curry, green peas and a bit of plain whole fat yogurt to it. I buy the package of tortillas or naan at our local Sam’s Club. You can make your own from scratch if you like but I find this to be something I can take a pass on because of it’s availability and affordability. Sometimes buying premade just makes life a little easier. :)
Lentils & Rice
- Servings: 6
- Difficulty: super easy
- 1 cup dried lentils (I use brown lentils most often)
- 1 cup uncooked brown or white long grain rice
- 4 cups of water, chicken, or vegetable stock
- 1 packet of taco seasoning or homemade mix for taco lentils
- Use curry powder or a curry blend of spices for the curried lentils
- I add green peas and a dollop of plain yogurt at the end of cooking for the curried lentils recipe.
- If you tolerate cilantro it is really good to add just before serving on both the taco and the curried versions.
- salt and pepper to taste if you need to.
- Put it all in a crockpot/stovetop pot/Instant Pot and stir together, cover and let it cook on LOW for about 3-4 hours in the crockpot. (1 hour on the stovetop and 20 to 30 minutes in the IP).
- Once it is cooked you can put on a tortilla with a bit of grated cheese, salsa, some chopped tomato and avocado or anything else you want to add.
- For the curried version you can stir in some cooked peas and plain yogurt and serve in a bowl with naan for a cozy nourishing meal.
Lentils are so versatile and very filling. When you are feeding a crowd they are a great choice. If you try these feel free to let me know what you think. If you do another variation on something like this I would love to try it. Please share!
Until next time… Happy Cooking!