This is a delicious side dish, the perfect accompaniment for BBQ food and summer veggies. You can add any fresh herbs you have handy, no need to stay with parsley! 

Serves 4 

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup of lentils
  2. 2 bay leaves
  3. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 large onion, diced
  5. 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  6. 1 carrot, diced
  7. 1 cup of white rice
  8. 1 tomato, diced
  9. freshly ground pepper
  10. 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley

Directions

1.Rinse the lentils in cold water.

2. Simmer the lentils until they are almost tender but still have a little 'bite' (about 15 minutes). Drain the lentils.

3. In a skillet, heat the olive oil and fry the onions and garlic until soft. Add the carrot and fry for a few minutes.

4. Add the rice and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring. The rice will become opaque.

5. Add the cooked lentils, followed by the tomatoes and 2 cups of water.

6. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer on a very low heat for about 20 minutes.

7. When the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, remove from the heat.

8. Fluff with a fork, add pepper to taste and sprinkle with fresh parsley.