Meatless Monday: Indian Lentils and Rice

A trend we have noticed, while not being vegetarians or vegans, is Meatless Monday.  Many food blogs, publications, and magazines, (and I believe Oprah) recommend going meatless one day a week.  Well, we go meatless, and eat vegan, far more often than Shaun would like.  We have issues getting protein into our diet, but, all of that aside, we have hopped onto the Meatless Monday bandwagon.  Here is our contribution, and to those carnivores out there like Shaun, you can make some great dishes, sans meat!

Indian Lentils and Rice

1 cup dried green lentils
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
Garlic, as much or as little as you would like
1 piemont pepper, or for those not living in West Africa, an Asian hot pepper, or whatever spicy, small, pepper that grows in your region of the world
2 TBSP curry powder
3-4 TBSP oil
2 cups rice

Put cup of dried lentils in a smaller sauce pan.  Add 2.25 cups of water, and bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer.  Start cooking rice while lentils boil.  Lentils will be finished when all of the water has been absorbed and lentils are soft.

Start cooking rice using rice to water ratios given on the package of the type of rice you buy.  It ranges anywhere from 1 cup of rice up to 2 cups of water.  We use 1 cup of rice to 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil, when boiling, reduce heat to a simmer.  Leave the lid of the pot, or marmite as they are called here, on the whole time.

While the rice is cooking, prepare all of your veggies.  We only have a 2 burner stove, so, when either the rice or the lentils are done cooking, remove from heat.  If both are finished, the rice will stay plenty warm resting in the pot with the lid on. Set aside until the lentils are ready.
In a skillet, heat oil.  Add onion, carrot, tomatoes, garlic, piemont, and curry powder.  Saute until carrots are tender.  Remove from heat and add to pot with finished lentils.  Simmer on low for a few minutes until all ingredients are mixed together thoroughly and the oil has coated the lentils.

Serve with hot steamed rice, add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy your Meatless Monday meal!

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