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Rice and Lentils

My most favourite dish for lunch or supper.

In various forms this dish is popular throughout North Africa (Kusheri) and India (Kitchari). In Africa it is usually made with lentils; in India with split mung beans.

I like it really really simple.

For one serving:

75g (2.5 oz - 1/3 cup) Green Lentils
75g (2.5 oz - 1/2 cup) Long Grain Brown Rice
400mL (14 fl oz - 1 3/4 cups) Water

Add all the ingredients to a small deep saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Stir occasionally.
Be careful towards the end as they can stick - turn the heat very low.

You can vary how soft you want the rice by changing the amount of water a little – more water = softer.

Serve with a sliced fresh tomato, a shake of soy sauce and some vegan margarine (if wished)

To pep the dish up, and in fact make it more traditional you can add vegetables, pasta, spices and so on, or server it with a tomato and onion pasta sauce.

My favourite addition, when I have to cook this for my family (who don't go for 'simple' in quite the same way !) is to add onions and leeks:

1 Onion
1 Leek
2 Tbsps Olive Oil

Chop the onion fine.

Cut the very top green off the leek (reserve for leek and potato soup). Cut the root end off. Strip the outer layer if it looks a bit sad.

Slice the leek lengthways and then slice about 3mm (1/8"). Wash the leek well in a sieve as they tend to be gritty.

Heat a nice heavy skillet and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and leek. Sauté on a fairly high heat, stirring all the time, for a few minutes. Then turn the heat down and let the onion and leek continue to sauté (stirring frequently) until they are lightly browned and soft. This will probably take about 15 - 20 minutes if the heat is reasonably low.

Once the rice and lentils are cooked, turn them into a serving dish and mix the onion and leek in. Serve. Or serve the rice and lentils with the onions and leek piled on top.

Enjoy. Peace


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