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One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice

Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!

Lentils, rice, potatoes, carrots, and LOTS of herbs and spices make this one-pot meal a dinnertime champion!

I adore one-pot meals.

Not only are they easy to make, but they are easy to clean-up after.

I’m a bit of a train wreck when I’m cooking. I try to clean as I go, but it is a rare occasion that I don’t leave the kitchen a mess by the time I’m finished.

Tonight, I kept the mess to a minimum because all of the delicious could be handled by one knife, one cutting board, and one pot. Plus, since it needed to simmer all by its lonesome for fifteen minutes, I had time to drink wine get the kitchen in order before dinner.

Lentils, rice, potatoes, carrots, and LOTS of herbs and spices make this one-pot meal a dinnertime champion!

This was just a warm bowl of hearty, vegetarian deliciousness. This lentils and rice recipe couldn’t be simpler:  prep your ingredients, add them one by one, stir it up, and let it simmer.

Lentils, rice, potatoes, carrots, and LOTS of herbs and spices make this one-pot meal a dinnertime champion!

You guys know all about my spice addiction, so you won’t be surprised to find out that this rice and lentils dish is seasoned with coriander, paprika, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon.

In addition to the spices, I also used some fresh ginger and garlic to really send the flavor profile over the top. To bulk up the dish I added potato, onion, and carrot. Basmati rice and brown lentils make the dish thick and filling.

Lentils, rice, potatoes, carrots, and LOTS of herbs and spices make this one-pot lentil dahl a dinnertime champion!

I shared this one pot lentil dahl recipe on the blog nearly 4 years ago, but since then I’ve made lots of little changes and perfected it to my liking. It is definitely time to re-share the lentil rice recipe and update the photos! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Here’s the Recipe!

Lentils, rice, potatoes, carrots, and LOTS of herbs and spices make this one-pot meal a dinnertime champion!

One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice Recipe

Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 207kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion - diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 russet potatoes - peeled and diced (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1 medium carrot - diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lime wedges for squeezing
  • Warm naan or flatbread for serving

Instructions

  • Measure out the proper amounts of coriander, paprika, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon; place in a small bowl.
  • Heat the oil in a 6-quart dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and ginger to the pot and saute until the onions become semi-translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic along with the pre-measured spices.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots and salt to the pot and give it a good stir. Add the sugar and a tablespoon of water and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables develop a glaze-like spice coating as the sugar caramelizes in the pan (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the lentils, rice, and 3 cups of water to the pot. Bring the contents to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 18-24 minutes, or until rice, lentils, and potatoes are cooked through and no excess liquid remains. Garnish with cilantro and serve with limes and warm naan or flatbread.

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Nutrition Facts
One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
207
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
594
mg
26
%
Potassium
 
430
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
1304
IU
26
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Originally posted on June 26th, 2013. Updated photos and recipe for clarity on February 27th, 2017. 

Old photos, just for fun! 

Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!

Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!

Lentils, rice, potatoes, carrots, and LOTS of herbs and spices make this one-pot meal a dinnertime champion!

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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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  1. 5 stars
    I just made this in the InstantPot and it turned out great! Used the InstantPot 1:1 ratio for the rice, and 1:1 for the lentils, but added a whole can of coconut milk on top of everything right before putting on the lid. High pressure for 7 minutes, natural release for 15 minutes, then quick release. (Don’t stir!) I think I’ll try a 10 minute natural release next time, the rice was just a tiny bit soft. Also, I used golden potatoes instead of russet, they hold up better to pressure cooking. This was a perfect quick “I don’t want to cook” meal! Thank you! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Very nice! I just tried it tonight and the flavor is outstanding. The hint of sweetness with the backdrop of cinnamon juxtaposed with cumin and ginger is a delightful and playful combination. I’m serving this with tandoori chicken and the house smells like sheer happiness.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delish!! I added a can of chickpeas. I did cover it during the summer and had to add some water occasionally.

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