Monday, 8 December 2008

simple lentils and rice


I've had a few requests now for more "everyday food". Here's a staple. Simple lentils over (insert whatever vegetable needs using) rice.

Rice: dry roasted black cumin seeds, leeks, brown basmati, pinch of salt. I just cook the leeks in the rice directly. If you want to be fancy, saute the leeks first. Tonight I' not feeling fancy. Nope, not even a little. I might even be dining in my jammies...Simple lentils: Cook yellow or red lentils with turmeric and salt. When they're done, turn heat off, and add chopped fresh ginger and garlic to taste and some lemon juice. C'est tout. A friend of mine made me this this weekend, and it's so simple, and so perfect. Eat this with green salad or steamed broccolli, or just on it's own if you want a big plate of comfort. You can also eat these lentils over potatoes, or any other grain. You can steam up other veg (I just happened to have some leeks around) and add that. You can add some chopped tomatoes and water or stock and you have lentil soup. You can dress this up with chillis, cilantro or parsley, roasted tomatoes and some good olive oil or slices of pickled lemon if you want and you have some quite fancy lentils (for nights when you feel quite fancy). See? Anyone can do this. And the leftovers make great lunch (use as a dip for bread, or eat the whole lentil rice combo cold, it's yummy that way too).

uncomplicated music: johnny cash.

5 comments:

medici said...

I'll never tire of red lentils -- they are way too tasty and way too gorgeous (cooked and uncooked) ever to go out of style. And these red lentils are particularly stylish, with their lemon-ginger-garlic adornment (and salt - can't omit the salt). And what a great set of simple suggestions to dress them up and take them out in other ways, as well. The picture makes me feel all toasty inside with pleasure. Lentils really are the food of kings and queens and other assorted court members. Pass the salt!!!

Liz² said...

I remember being floored when I tasted just straight up yellow split peas with a bit of turmeric and salt. so simple but amazing too. This dinner looks so perfect, especially for cold weather and slipper-wearing, and I love the mods you suggested!

sinead said...

Yeah, it's amazing how little you actually have to do to food. And I totally ate that dinner in my slippers... lol.

Jake said...

Genetics exam in 23 minutes. Molecular markers, I'm gonna kick your ass.

Dazy said...

I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!