Golden Lentils and Rice (One Pot Dal)

Creamy and lightly spiced, golden lentils and rice is like a healthy comfort food! Also vegan, gluten free and a one pot dish!  Creamy and lightly spiced, golden lentils and rice is like a healthy comfort food! Also vegan, gluten free and a one pot dish!

This recipe came about after I followed a blog comment back to its source. I ended up at the Simple Gluten Free Kitchen Blog which featured an inspiring recipe that she called Lentil and Rice Porridge. The Indian based dish looked like a comfort food that was healthy too–how could I pass that up!

Creamy and lightly spiced, golden lentils and rice is like a healthy comfort food! Also vegan, gluten free and a one pot dish!

Up close!

I also liked the fact that it could be made in a single pot. With school starting up, efficiency is critical. And it heats up beautifully—another plus when you’re running in and out to activities!

Now while I refer to the dish as golden lentils and rice, the “lentils” in here are actually split mung beans or moong dal. They’re kind of like a cousin to the lentil so feel free to use lentils if that’s easier. Just select a variety that is quicker cooking like a red lentil.

Moong Dal

I, of course, am a sucker for a brilliant yellow color. So I had to go out and order the real thing. I figure it’s setting me up for the fall color season! And what’s one more jar in my cupboard!

Add a veggie!

Along the way I did make a few changes to the recipe. I included additional spices to spur my (older) kids to eat it. And yes, no problems with it disappearing! Then I tossed in some cut carrots because, well, “add a veggie” is my motto! 

Now while I refer to the dish as golden lentils and rice, the “lentils” in here are actually split mung beans or moong dal. They’re kind of like a cousin to the lentil so feel free to use lentils if that’s easier. Just select a variety that is quicker cooking like a red lentil.

A tasty bite!

If you are a smaller household, this recipe will cut in half–which was how it started out. But it was consistently so popular (including any leftovers) that double became standard.

Enjoy!

Now while I refer to the dish as golden lentils and rice, the “lentils” in here are actually split mung beans or moong dal. They’re kind of like a cousin to the lentil so feel free to use lentils if that’s easier. Just select a variety that is quicker cooking like a red lentil.

Hooray for comfort food!

Golden Lentils and Rice (One Pot Dal)
Serves 5
Creamy and lightly spiced, golden lentils and rice is like a healthy comfort food! Also vegan, gluten free and a one pot dish!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
338 calories
62 g
0 g
5 g
14 g
1 g
439 g
995 g
6 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
439g
Servings
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338
Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 995mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 62g
21%
Dietary Fiber 10g
40%
Sugars 6g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
150%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
10%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. • 1 tbsp oil
  3. • 1 onion, chopped
  4. • 2 cups chopped carrots
  5. • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
  6. • 1 tsp turmeric
  7. • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  8. • 1 tsp cumin
  9. • 1 teaspoon coriander
  10. • 1-2 teaspoons curry powder
  11. • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  12. • Pepper to taste
  13. • 6 cups water
  14. • 1 cup yellow mung beans (or yellow lentils or red lentils)
  15. • 1 cup brown rice (or white rice)
  16. cilantro for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Add the chopped onion and carrots and sautee until onions are starting to brown.
  2. Add rice, lentils, spices, salt and 6 cups water.
  3. Bring it to boil. Partially cover and simmer until tender, stirring occasionally (30-40 minutes for natural brown rice, approx. 15-20 for white rice, or par cooked brown).
  4. Taste and adjust salt, curry and cayenne.
  5. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. Tip: most of the spices are used in 1 teaspoon quantities. So rather than referring back to the recipe, I measure the cayenne, then line up the remaining jars and very quickly add a teaspoon each.
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calories
338
fat
5g
protein
14g
carbs
62g
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13 thoughts on “Golden Lentils and Rice (One Pot Dal)

  1. David Scott Allen

    Wow – these flavors are right up our alley, and now that Mark can eat lentils, this will be perfect for us… a dollop of yogurt and maybe a little chutney on the side? I’m in! Thanks, Inger!

    1. David Scott Allen

      This was fantastic, Inger! We ate almost the entire pot just the two of us! This will definitely be going in our regular rotation. It was so flavorful and very comforting, I served it with a dollop of plain yogurt — hope you don’t mind! Thanks again for a wonderful recipe.

    1. Inger Post author

      Oh dear (on both the lentils and the mail 😉 ) !

      I recently switched over to sending email from my own email address. Spam blockers weren’t letting me see my own stuff! I checked and it looks like you were added to the new method on 9/2. This means my new post (which is on a mail delay) should arrive around 3 PM Friday (if I do my time change correctly).

      Hopefully it will work now! Thanks for your patience Tandy!

  2. Juliana

    I have never had lentil and rice…this one pot dish sounds and looks delicious with all the spices and creamy…I must try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe Inger…have a wonderful week!

    1. Inger Post author

      I got home the other day to find an empty dish again Juliana! Such a good feeling. Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

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