Post-Holiday Vegetarianism

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I don’t know about you but after the holidays, or really any period when I spend a lot of time with my Atkins diet-loving parents, I tend to want to eat vegetarian for a little while. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat, but sometimes I need a little break — a detox of sorts.

This recipe comes from my (current) favorite cookbook, Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. It’s sooo good. Even my I-don’t-eat-lentils-they-have-too-many-carbs-pass-the-bacon Dad loves it. Prep time says 50 minutes but that’s because the rice and lentils take time to cook. The hands-on prep time is really minimal. 

Recipe: Indian Rice and Lentils with Carmelized Onions


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup dried brown or green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 3/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 large onions, sliced in thin rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup plain yogurt with 1 teaspoon snipped fresh dill mixed in


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the ghee in a 4-quart pot and add rice and lentils. Saute until nicely coated. Add bay leaf, water, and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 45 minutes, covered. To pressure-cook, use 2 3/4 cups water and cook at pressure 35 to 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining ghee in a skillet on medium to low heat. Add onions and 1 teaspoon salt and saute. When onions begin to soften, add garlic and spices. Cook until onions are golden and have begun to carmelize.
  3. When all water is absorbed from rice and lentils, remove from heat and take out bay leaf. Serve rice and lentils topped with carmelized onions and a dollop of dilled yogurt.

Cooking time (duration): 50

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet (other): Gluten free

Meal type: dinner

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8 thoughts on “Post-Holiday Vegetarianism

  1. elizabeth

    Dad really likes the recipe? I just sent it to Steve. Atkins, not Adkins. I got a chuckle out of that one.

    You need to put some sort of a short description under you URL. Try searching on it on google. It looks naked. I know, super low priority.

  2. admin Post author

    Well, he said he did and I believe him. Mom said he kept talking about it to other people. She asked for the recipe.

    I need a tagline. any ideas?

  3. Tami

    This is one of my new faves since I read it to you over the phone when you forgot to bring your cookbook to the cabin. I’m going to make it tomorrow. Mmm.

    I thought the picture was pebbles. Lentils. Of course. Lentils.

  4. Tami

    This is smelling lovely in my kitchen right now. I’m so hippie dippy I’m cooking on top of the wood stove.

  5. Jenn

    pretty much anything that has carmelized onions is a winner for me… gonna buy me some lentils and try it out. OR.. we can find a time for you to cook it for me. 😉 (miss you guys!)

  6. Jody

    Yum…this is a good recipe. We’ve made it several times!
    I love lentils…really I can’t get away from cooking beans. So many great options!! I have to make sure I include at least two meals a week that aren’t bean-based or my meat-loving husband and my pasta-obsessed jipped.

  7. Jody

    Man that last part of my comment was cut off or something… meant for it to say past-obsessed 5 year old.
    Jipped doesn’t really work well left hanging out there alone:) You can ask me not to comment on this blog again if you like but I promise I will get better!!:)

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