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Green Lentil Rice

Protein Rice with green lentil, caramelized onions and mild seasoning. Perfect for lunch box.
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Course: Variety Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Cooked Rice - 2 cup
  • Green lentil - 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 big - thinly sliced
  • Sugar - 1/8 tsp optional
  • Salt - as needed
  • Pepper- Cumin powder - as needed I grind equal portion of Pepper and cumin without adding water
  • Coconut Oil/ghee - 1 tsp


  • Soak green lentil in Luke warm water for 1 hours and strain it
  • Wash and Cook rice with 1:2 water, fluff it and keep aside in a wide pan
  • In pan on medium heat, boil 1 cup of water with little salt, once the water starts boiling add the green lentil, cook for 12-15 minutes or till the dal is soft, when pressed with fingers (that ensures the dal is cooked). Avoid mushing the Dal
  • Stir occasionally to prevent dal from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Switch off, wash it with cold water and strain the water and drizzle a drop of oil; mix gently and add to the pan containing rice
  • Add oil to a non stick or hard bottomed pan. When the oil is hot, add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent. Add a pinch of salt and sugar; cook till the onions are caramelized (Sugar is optional, with little more oil this can still be achieved, but I like little sugar in all dish to neutralize flavour and yes I can hear your question, its not sweet). Add it to the pan containing rice and green lentil
  • Add salt and pepper- cumin powder, mix well. Mild protein rich delicious rice is ready. Serve Lentil Rice with any gravy/raita
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Basmati/ Brown Rice, quinoa,couscous, varagu arisi etc. can be used instead of regular white rice
Whole garam masala spices like cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, star anise etc.can be used
Coriander powder, cumin powder, garam Masala can be added for extra flavoring
Amount of oil may varry while using iron skillet
Almonds/cashew can be added for extra flavour
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Serving: 3g | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 55mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g