Lentils with Tomatoes and Rice


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 105.6
  • Total Fat: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 45.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g

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Introduction

Hearty vegetarian dish Hearty vegetarian dish
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    1 tbsp olive oil
    2 tbsp finely chopped onion
    1 cup lentils, rinsed
    3 cups water
    1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes
    1/2 tsp minced garlic
    1 cup long-grain white rice
    1-1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
    1 tbsp curry powder
    2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Heat olive oil in large, heavy saucepan or skillet.
Add onion and cook over medium-low heat until onion is softened but not browned, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add rinsed and drained lentils and water.
Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes with juice to the pan.
Stir in the garlic, rice, ginger, and curry powder and cook covered 15 to 20 minutes or until lentils are softened but still somewhat firm, or done to your taste.
Add more water as needed so mixture doesn't dry out.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, garnish with cilantro.


Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user PAULA26.

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  • Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Just made a pot of this and loved it. I had to sub powders for garlic and ginger, omitted the onion, used brown rice, and it turned out delicious! Those who said it wasn't salty enough maybe need to cut back? I eat very little salt and this tasted great to me. Great high fibre side for meat dishes! - 7/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I really loved this and love it's versatility. I tried the garam masala and loved it, but would try curry too. Will also try adding some cooked chicken to simmer in the spices and tomato. Looking forward to trying lots of variations. I also add spinach for an added boost! - 1/16/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very Good. I added some carrots to create more color to it. My daugther who is vegetarian liked it too. - 1/28/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    deeeelish.... reminded me a bit of Spanish rice, but healthier. I used fresh diced tomato which turned out really well. I will definitely make this one again! - 9/7/08

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I come from India. And this is almost a staple diet for some of us. Love it. Thanks Paula for sharing. One option is to pressure cook the lentils - with a ratio of 1:1 Lentils 1 Water 1. You can try this with Kidney Beans as well - dont know how it will affec the calories though :-) - 3/27/08

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    cumin and cinnamon make a really yummy flavour. - 3/27/08

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    THis was flavorless until I added some vegetabel bullion. Then it was OK; however; it improved with age. So I would make it again with a few adjustments to the recipe and would wait at least 24 hours before I ate it. - 3/9/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good!! I used the spiced red pepper canned tomatoes for a little extra kick, also added some finely chopped turkey sausage for my meat eaters. Definitely adding this one to my meal plan. - 7/19/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I would love to make this, but would prefer to use brown rice. I see several comments saying it needed more flavor,so I would add more seasonings..not salt. - 3/27/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used the brown rice and this is a very delicious meal. We had it for lunch. Also added the lemon zest - yummy! - 3/27/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I loved it! Added scallions on top for a littl emore zest. Definitely, a keeper. - 1/22/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum! I used vegetable bullion when I was cooking my lentils, an didn't have canned tomatoes, but it was great anyway! I used brown jasmine rice instead of white rice. - 11/26/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is delicious. I added 1 tsp of garlic salt and only cooked for 15 minutes. Very satisfying! - 9/13/07

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Where's the salt? This was tasteless. When I added quite a bit of salt to the finished product, it wasn't half bad. I'll probably make again adding a tsp of salt. (admittedly I used fresh tomatoes. Does that make a difference?) - 8/4/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this but substituted brown rice for the white rice....everybody LOVED it in my household! - 6/28/07

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Amazing! I loved this meal. It was satisfying and healthy and tasty too! Wow. - 6/25/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    tried it.. is a life saver.. esp if u a vegetarian - 5/9/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    this is an excellent dish and I have used it several times - 4/20/07

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  • Incredible!
    Tasted awesome and my guest was impressed. Thank you for sharing the recipe. - 3/8/15

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  • Very Good
    For accurate calorie count, it seems one must use 1 cup pre-COOKED rice, or much less uncooked rice. Made with 1 cup UNCOOKED rice, the calories/1 serving is about twice as much as listed. 1 cup uncooked rice=675 cal, so each serving would have 110 cal just from the rice, +more from the lentils,etc - 6/27/13

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  • Very Good
    added a little fresh ginger. was quite satisfying. - 1/30/13

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  • Very Good
    very, very good. You could also add some chicken or apple sausage. - 11/4/12

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  • Very Good
    I used dried onion, garlic, ginger and cilantro. I also used brown rice instead of white. But I think it tastes really good - 7/17/12

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  • Would you consider this a meal or a side dish? could probably be both right? - 6/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    Had this for dinner tonight. I made a few changes, based on the ingredients I had. Instead of canned tomatoes I used 1lb fresh, instead of rice I used a can of brown chickpeas and the only lentils I had were red, which go mushy when cooked. I ended up with a lovely thick almost-soup - delicious!!! - 3/27/12

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  • Very Good
    I don't usually add salt to my foods but I found this very bland without the salt. With 1 tsp of salt it's delicious. - 2/5/12

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  • Good
    Simple & yummy. Tastes like it has loads more calories. I added a pinch of cayenne & cinnamon, a shreaded carrot & a few raisens.
    - 1/14/12

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  • Very Good
    This was tasty, but I would probably add more garlic and ginger next time, and definitely add a pinch of salt as I was using fresh tomatoes and not canned. - 9/26/11

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  • Very Good
    This is very flavorful, and I will look forward to lunch this week! i used a bit more lentils, as well as some fresh diced tomatoes (along with the canned tomatoes with seasoning) and used a chicken boullion for extra flavor. I used onion powder with fresh garlic. - 8/15/11

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  • Very Good
    Great! Easy and fast and made the whole house smell good! I used fresh tomato's and threw in my own spices and seasonings - 6/7/11

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  • love this! i will cook this on my day off pretty soon! - 6/4/11

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  • Good
    I made this last night and it was good but not great. I agree that there wasn't enough flavor. It needed a lot more garlic and if I make it again I will probably add more ginger as well. - 4/8/11

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  • Very Good
    I already had the lentils cooking & was looking for inspiration when I came across this recipe. Added the tomatoes & brown rice & hey ho what a great combination & great taste. - 2/24/11

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  • Love it!! We keep this recipe in our regular monthly menu. Delish! - 1/2/11

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  • Incredible!
    This was very delicious!! My whole family liked it! I see where others might think that it needs more salt, but I thought thatit was just right! I used brown rice instead of white rice. Also, it was very fast and easy to make!! Great dish for a last needed meal! - 9/22/10

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  • Very Good
    I loved this recipe. I had no salt issues with this. I even used "no salt added" tomatoes and still thought it was terrific. Will definitely make this again. - 9/15/10

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  • trying this tonite
    - 8/31/10

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  • Very Good
    Great low salt recipe! I used "no salt added" tomatoes and realized halfway through eating it that I forgot to add the lemon! Definitely made a difference. I omitted the cilantro though. Lentils were a little under cooked for my taste, so I would have simmered another 3-4 minutes. Rice was perfect. - 8/17/10

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  • Very Good
    Awesome recipe! Lentils and rice need way more cooking then the recipe called for but then again I live in Denver so maybe it's altitude. We added some celery too just for crunch which was great. Will totally make this again! - 8/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    By far, the best lentil recipe I have ever tasted. Very good, and for sure a keeper! - 5/20/10

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  • Dinner tonight very good thanks - 3/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    Very tasty! - 3/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    Very good. I like more kick w/the cumin and curry powder, but my husband and kids are new to this kind of food, so was the perfect recipe for them. Filling and great on a cold night!! - 1/19/10

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  • This is definitely a staple for me! Love the addition of curry powder and cumin. I usually add spinach, onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes to this as well. Instead of mixing in brown rice, I put this on top of the rice. Yum-o! - 12/23/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    can't wait to try it. we eat lentils frequently. - 5/9/09

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  • Very Good
    Really Tasty! I'll make it again. - 1/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    This is a favourite. Easy and quick to cook and delicious. Instead of curry powder I use curry paste and it's tasty. Brown rice is a nice alternative too. - 1/8/09

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  • I can't wait to make this tonight, I love that I have everything in my pantry so I don't even need to stop at the store! - 1/8/09

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  • Incredible!
    I loved this! I made it for myself and my 10 y/o son (a very picky eater). He has a tendency to add ketchup to everything, so I added ketchup to add some flavor for him, it turned out really good! Leftovers were great the next day for lunch at work, I will definitely make this again. Thanks! - 12/16/08

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  • This is great! I replaced white rice for wild rice. - 5/20/08

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  • Very Good
    Yummy! Added 3 times more garlic than the recipe called for and used a combination of garam masala and turmeric (didn't have curry powder on hand). Will try with brown rice next time. - 4/15/08

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  • Good
    made it with brown rice, good - 4/12/08

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  • Incredible!
    MMMMMMMMMM...Loved this! I did use brown rice but everything else I kept the same. - 4/6/08

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  • Incredible!
    I added some cumin, garam masala, salt, turmeric, and a little more curry powder. Also substituted brown rice for white. Excellent and filling meal! - 4/6/08

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  • Good
    This was pretty good, though I'm a person who enjoys more kick in her curry. I put in some cumin, about three times the garlic, some salt and a bit more curry powder. After that, it was hard to stop eating this. - 4/2/08

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  • O.K.
    We made this tonight and I just didn't think it had much flavor. It looked delicious, but needed some oomph. - 4/1/08

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  • Very Good
    We like spicy food so I used tomatoes with green chilies. It was just right for us. I also used brown rice. - 3/30/08

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  • Very Good
    Really easy and delicious! I added carrots too - and added a bit of scallions when serving. This was great!! - 3/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    Great for even meat lovers. Easy, quick to make. Added 1 tsp salt. Not a curry and ginger fan, so added only 1 tsp of each. Lemon juice makes it. Served with a dollop of light sour cream and cornbread. DH had seconds. - 3/27/08

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  • Very Good
    I replaced the white rice with brown and the cilantro with parsley. Also realized mid-recipe I didn't have any curry! But still delicious. Added a pinch of salt & pepper & dash of Frank's Red Hot to my bowl for more flavor. YUM!! My very picky 8 year old even liked it - without the Red Hot. - 3/27/08

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  • Incredible!
    This is wonderful! We love curry. I used no salt added tomatoes and brown rice. This summer I'll use garden tomatoes. Yummy! - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great. I will definitely make this next week. - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    sounds great - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to save this , and maybe make it over the weekend! Would have liked it for Lent. I will probably use brown rice and maybe diced tomatoes w/ seasoning added. - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds yummy - I love lentils and would also use brown rice as it's nutty in flavour - I will make this next week for myself - 3/27/08

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  • I make this regularly for my family. Everybody is satisfied. - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds tasty but not flavorful will have to add something for flavor - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good. - 3/27/08

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  • Incredible!
    really good! - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I will make this but I'll substitute the white rice for brown rice and maybe even had some tofu for protein. - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Haven't tried it yet but it sounds like a good dish for me - low fat, low cholesteral. I like the idea of fresh lemon and will probably add the zest as well. - 3/27/08

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  • very tasty - 3/27/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds great! Can't wait to make it! - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I saved this recipe & will definitely make it soon. - 3/27/08

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  • Great vegetarian dish. Add fresh veggies for a more satisfying supper! - 3/27/08

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  • Looks great. I'm going to make it this weekend. - 3/27/08

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  • Add whole grain brown rice to make this an even healthier dish! Sounds yummy! - 3/27/08

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  • Easy and good!! - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Doesn't sound very filling for a soup. Needs some protein I would add chicken or beef if I chose to make this. - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    what a great combo of things to put in a pot.
    Braggs aminos would make this taste great
    - 3/27/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Add stewed Tomatoes for more flavor. - 3/27/08

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    ??? - 3/27/08

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used brown rice instead of the white. Neither my husband or I cared for this. We felt it had too much curry and definetly needed some salt. - 11/24/07

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