This recipe is so simple. It sounds like it couldn’t possibly be delicious, but somehow it’s craveable! My mom gave me the book “Diet for a Small Planet,” (Who has my copy?!? It’s out there somewhere…) and this recipe is from that book. The author suggests that you top it with a salad, but I find that suggestion strange. We eat it as a thick stew, or a spread, with pita bread.
1 1/2 cup dry lentils
4 cups water
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
1/2 tsp salt (ok. let’s be honest. I add a lot more. Let’s say “to taste”)
3/4 cup brown rice
Whatever seasoning you prefer. My favorites are file powder or cumin.
Rinse lentils. Bring to a boil in the 4 cups water, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a skillet. Sauté onions and salt until onions are translucent. Heat remaining oil in another pan and sauté rice for 3 minutes. Combine lentils, onions, and rice. Cover tightly and simmer 1 hour. Up to 2 more cups of water may be needed to cook rice. I add the extra seasoning at the end.