Honey Spiced Lentils and Rice Recipe

  • It’s always great to have this rice and lentil dish on hand in the fridge. I often make a big batch of this each Monday and serve it at least a couple times a week with dinner

    It’s the perfect thing to go under a stew or anything saucy — or along side almost any vegetables, chicken, or meat.   And if I make a quick soup, I throw some in there, too!  And yes, it’s also delicious on its own.

    I’m happy to say my picky 6-year old eater included, everyone in the house likes this!

    Honey Spiced Lentils and Rice Recipe

    It’s always great to have this rice and lentil dish […]

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    Servings: 6

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil: drizzle, to taste
    • Green lentils, rinsed: 1/2 cup
    • Jasmine rice, rinsed: 1 cup
    • Vegetable stock or broth: 3 cups
    • Turmeric: 2 teaspoons
    • Cinnamon: 1/2 teaspoon
    • Honey: 2 teaspoons
    • Salt and pepper: to taste

    Directions:

    Step 1: In a medium sauce pan, over medium-low heat, add the lentils to enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. 

    Step 2: Gently saute for about 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so. 

    Step 3: Add the rice, stock or broth and spices. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.  Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft, about 20 minutes. 

    Step 4: Add the honey and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Some additional notes:

    The lentils here add texture because they will remain a bit crunchy (like a soft nut).  If you prefer them softer, cook them separately to the desired texture and then add them to the rice.  

    To make the rice on its own, use 1 cup less liquid.
     

    Image: Getty/ALLEKO