Rice and Lentil Pilaf with Caramelized Onions
This recipe makes 6 servings
- Portion size: 4 to 6
- 1 cup 1cupgreen lentils or brown lentils
- 2 tbsp 2tbspolive oil
- 2 cups 2cupssliced spanish onionspanish onions or white onions
- 2 tsp 2tspsugar
- 2 tsp 2tspground cumin
- 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
- 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppaprika
- 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
- 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsbasmati rice
- 3 cups 3cupsvegetable stock
- 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice
- 2 cups 2cupsquartered cherry tomatocherry tomatoes
- 1/3 cup 1/3cupfinely chopped Italian parsley
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook lentils just until tender, about 35 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onions and sugar, covered and stirring often for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Stir in cumin, salt, paprika and pepper; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to mellow spices. Stir in rice; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour in stock and lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until most of stock is absorbed and rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes.
Using fork gently stir in lentils so as not to break grains. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until rice and lentils are tender and stock is absorbed. Gently stir in tomatoes and half of the parsley. Transfer to warmed serving dish; sprinkle with remaining parsley.