Brown Rice with Lentils

December 26, 2010
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I feel good eating healthy foods, especially when they taste good-for-you. When I eat this dish, I feel virtuous and nourished. It's those earthy flavors of the whole grain rice and lentils. Serve this dish with some plain yogurt and a perfect hard boiled egg, and you have a complete meal. You can also make this ahead of time and heat it in the microwave. It tastes almost as good as it does fresh! —Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1.5 cups brown rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 hard boiled eggs (optional)
  • 2 cups yogurt (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and sautee for about five minutes.
  2. Add the rice and saute over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is beginning to brown and become fragrant.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes until the rice is fully cooked through. Monitor the water levels from time to time; you may need to add some water if it seems dry.
  5. Let the rice rest for a few minutes, fluff, and serve with hard boiled eggs and plain yogurt, if desired.
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2 Reviews

Laura May 9, 2019
The rice needs 25 mins to cook and the lentils 15, possibly 20. 45 mins is excessive. This is what we call Mujendra in Cyprus, probably Turkish origin, and white rice is usually added after the lentils have cooked for about 15 mins. It's served with fried onions.
Ordinary B. May 9, 2019
Thanks for commenting! I do find that brown rice needs 45 minutes to cook. White rice needs 20-25, but since this recipe calls for brown rice, I would not reduce the cook time. I guess you can follow package instructions for the rice. Personally, I've found 45 min works well for the rice that I use.