Cooking Lentils with Brown Rice

Complete the protein of your rice by adding lentils before you cook it. It tastes delicious and is good for you.


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Organic brown rice has been a staple for my family all my adult life. In the last few years, I have been enjoying small brown Spanish lentils for soup and stew. Recently I tried adding these lentils to my long grain brown rice before cooking. I found that using 1 part lentils to 4 parts rice was great. Not only do they cook in the same pot, it tastes great, and helps complete the protein of my meal.

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July 26, 20190 found this helpful

Do they need to soak 1st? The lentils.

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July 28, 20190 found this helpful

No, I didn't soak the lentils. These are a small Spanish variety and cooked in the same amount of time. I cook these with 2 parts water to 1 part rice & lentils; 2 1/2 cups water, 1 cup rice and 1/4 cup lentils.


Bring water & Tbsp. olive oil to a boil. Add rice & lentils. Turn down to simmer, cover, and steam for 1 hour. Don't open and look in pot until nearly done.

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July 28, 20190 found this helpful

I did this with regular lentils following your instructions and they were delicious. I added a bit of sea salt to mine before serving. Thanks for posting.

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