Lemon-Scented Rice with Lentils & Sautéed Onions
1 cup basmati rice, or any rice you choose : 2 cups water
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup green lentils : 3 cups water
1/2 lemon juice and zest
Parsley sprigs as garnish, optional
1 Wash rice under cold water until water runs clear. Bring 2 cups salted water to a boil. Add rice and bring back to a boil, cover.
2 While the rice is boiling, bring another saucepan with 3 cups water to a boil. Add lentils and bring back to a boil.
3 Both will take about 20 minutes until tender and all the water is absorbed.
4 Heat a small skillet with olive oil and sauté the chopped onions until golden. Place onions on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
5 When all ingredients are ready, let cool and mix in the onions into the rice and stir well. Spoon some lentils into the rice and stir. I like more rice than lentils but you can choose whatever ratio you like.
6 Zest 1/2 a lemon into the rice mixture, along with its juice. Stir all together.
Serve with other half of lemon and parsley sprigs optional.