Fragrant Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass Brown Rice and Lentils

This is an interestingly different  rice dish and  compliments well curries and other fragrant spicy meats or vegetables. It is possible to substitute other Middle Eastern or Moroccan Spices such as Baharat, Greek Seasoning  or Ras El Hanout

INGREDIENTS

1 ½   Cups Brown rice

½ cup French De Puy lentils ( or Brown , Green, or tinned)

1 onion, roasted whole at 180°until tender (30 mins approx)

Approx 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock

4 Kaffir lime leaves, crushed

Outside fibrous leaves of lemongrass stalk

Pinenuts and spring onions  to garnish

 

METHOD

  1. Heat a little oil in a pan and fry rice with garlic and ginger until slightly toasted.
  2. Add lentils, lemongrass and Kaffir lime  leaves and pour over chicken stock, bring to the boil and then cover with a lid. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  3. Cook for 45 minutes, covered with lid and continue to cook until all water has evaporated. If rice is not quite ‘al dente’ at this point add a little more hot stock or water and cook until rice and lentil are tender. Alternatively rice can be transferred to an oven proof ceramic dish and oven baked.
  4. Turn heat off , or remove from oven, fork through grains to separate and recover with lid. Allow to stand for 30 mins.
  5. Remove skin from onion and chop.
  6. To serve place rice in to a large serving bowl or on a platter, scatter over onion, pinenuts and spring onions. Serve  either hot or at room temperature.