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Friday, October 17, 2008

Lentils and Rice with roasted onion and cool spices

What is this WEIRD PICTURE???? Roasted onions which really have such a wonderful flavor--you get them browned and, well, they taste good in the dish. Directions will be below
I know this looks weird , but I really love the flavors!! It serves 3 or 4 and would go really nicely with lamb!.....I just had it this way by itself for lunch. You can also serve it with spicy pita crisps.....but that will have to be for my hubby since I am gluten free.
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced into rings
Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup basmati rice (rinsed)
1/2 cup brown lentils
1/2 of a cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp ground cumin
Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a cookie sheet place parchment paper. Place onion rings on the paper and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Roast in oven for 25 or 30 minutes until they get deep brown and crisp and even a few burned ones. They get sweet as they cook! When done set the pan aside for later.
Boil 2 cups of water in a pot. Add the rice and the seasonings and cook for 15 minutes, covered.
Add the lentils, stir lightly--after it comes to a boil lower heat and cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and leave covered for 10 minutes.
Take a fork and fold in the onions. (remove the cinnamon stick).
See recipe for pita crisps under bread.

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