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Spiced Basmati Rice with Lentils and Caramelized Onions

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Category: Indian, Rice

 Ingredients List

  • 1 tb Butter
  • 4 c Sliced onions
  • 1/2 c Dried lentils
  • 2 1/2 c Water
  • 3 Whole cardamom pods
  • 2 Whole allspice
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 c Basmati rice or long-grain
  • -white rice


Melt butter in 10-inch-diameter ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-low
heat. Add onions and stir 1 minute. Cover and cook until onions are tender,
stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Uncover and sauté until onions are
deep golden, about 5 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat. Spread onions in even layer in same skillet; set aside.

Meanwhile, cook lentils in pot of boiling water until almost tender but
still firm to bite, about 20 minutes. Drain.

Combine 2 1/2 cups water, cardamom, allspice, bay leaf and salt in heavy
medium saucepan; bring to boil. Add rice and lentils; bring to boil. Reduce
heat to low. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed,
about 15 minutes. Discard cardamom, allspice and bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spoon rice mixture atop onions in skillet, pressing
with back of spoon to compact rice; smooth top. (Can be made 2 hours ahead.
Cool. Cover and let stand at room temperature.)

Cover skillet tightly with double layer of foil. Bake rice mixture until
heated through, about 35 minutes. Remove foil; let stand 5 minutes. Place
plate over skillet; invert skillet, releasing rice and onions onto plate
and scraping any onions remaining in skillet onto rice. Spoon rice and
onions onto plates and serve.

This simple and hearty meatless main course has intriguing Indian accents.

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