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Rice with lentils


  • 2 cups of basmati rice (white or whole) after soaking for several hours

  • 1 cup of lentils (green, orange or black) after soaking for several hours

  • 1 finely chopped onion (optional)

  • 3 crushed garlic cloves (optional)

  • 1 finely grated carrot

  • 1 crushed tomato

  • spoon of sweet paprika (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Dried spices before tasting: oregano, thyme, basil

  • Glass of water

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

  • A handful of cashews (optional)

  • A cup of chopped parsley for sprinkling


  1. Cook the lentils in boiling water for about 15 minutes, add the rice, cover and cook for about another 15 minutes.

  2. Fry the onion with a tiny bit of olive oil in a pot until it is golden, add carrot and garlic and fry for another 2 minutes.

  3. Add tomato, spices, salt, pepper, cashew nuts and some water and cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Add the rice with the lentils and cook for another 5 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle chopped parsley before serving.

Rice with lentils
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