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Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions

This flavorful and healthy dish is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Lentils and rice are cooked with a blend of spices and topped with caramelized onions for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Tasty Team
94% would make again
Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions


for 4 servings

Lentils and Rice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ½ cups water (840 mL)
  • 1 cup green lentils (200 g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup long grain rice (200 g)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 dried bay leaf

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

For Serving

  • 1 bunch finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup greek yogurt (120 g)

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 354
  • Fat 7g
  • Carbs 59g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Protein 12g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Make the lentils and rice: Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a lid over medium heat. Add the diced red onion and minced garlic and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the water, lentils, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover with the lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the caramelized onions: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until completely soft, dark brown, and caramelized, 25–30 minutes.
  4. Add the rice, cinnamon, cumin, and bay leaf to the pot with the lentils. Stir to combine. Cover again and cook for about 15 minutes, until the rice is tender.
  5. Serve the lentils and rice topped with the caramelized onions and parsley, with lemon wedges and Greek yogurt alongside, if desired.
  6. Enjoy!
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Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions