Category: Rice
Rating: 3.83
Servings: 4


1 tablespoon butter
4 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup dried lentils
2 1/2 cup water
3 whole cardamom pods
2 whole allspice
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup basmati rice or long-grain white ri; ce

Directions: How to Cook Spiced Basmati Rice With Lentils And Caramelized Onions

Melt butter in 10-inch-diameter ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and stir 1 minute. Cover and cook until onions are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Uncover and sauté until onions are deep golden, about 5 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Spread onions in even layer in same skillet; set aside.

Meanwhile, cook lentils in pot of boiling water until almost tender but still firm to bite, about 20 minutes. Drain.

Combine 2 1/2 cups water, cardamom, allspice, bay leaf and salt in heavy medium saucepan; bring to boil. Add rice and lentils; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Discard cardamom, allspice and bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spoon rice mixture atop onions in skillet, pressing with back of spoon to compact rice; smooth top. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cool. Cover and let stand at room temperature.)

Cover skillet tightly with double layer of foil. Bake rice mixture until heated through, about 35 minutes. Remove foil; let stand 5 minutes. Place plate over skillet; invert skillet, releasing rice and onions onto plate and scraping any onions remaining in skillet onto rice. Spoon rice and onions onto plates and serve.

This simple and hearty meatless main course has intriguing Indian accents.

Recipe by: Bon Appétit March 1997

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Recent comments and reviews for this recipe:

pj writes:

you need to add a picture

Posted on 22 Mar 2009, 19:23 ET

Kate writes:

Very good.

Posted on 20 Nov 2010, 16:39 ET

leila writes:

Lovely fragrant vegatarian dish!

Posted on 30 Mar 2011, 04:28 ET

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