- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 3 cups water
- 3/4 cup red lentils (also called dal)
- 1 cup long grain rice (for South Beach Diet, use Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice, which is the lowest glycemic type of white rice)
- salt, pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)
- chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Put the oil in a large, heavy pan with a tight lid and heat for one minute. Add onion and saute 3-5 minutes, until starting to brown on the edges. Add curry powder and saute 1 minute, then add water and bring to a boil. Add lentils and rice, bring back to a boil, then lower heat to a steady simmer and cover.
Cook 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. (Bittman says if the liquid is not all absorbed, boil off the excess, but after 20 minutes all my water had been absorbed.) Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the melted butter just before serving. Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro if desired. Makes 4-6 servings.
Source: kalynskitchen.blogspot.com adapted from Mark Bittman, “The Best Recipes in the World.”