Lentils & Rice - Our favorite variations

Lentils & Rice - Our favorite variations

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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
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I have made this recipe in the crockpot, on the stovetop, and in my Instant Pot. The only thing that varies is the cooking time.


  • 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.


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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!


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