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I think all families have their comfort meals. meals for when everyone is tired, or recovering from illness, rainy sunday nights, and even as leftovers for breakfast (harvey’s favourite breakfast is lefovers from dinner).

I thought i’d share some of our favourite comfort meals. This is Harvey’s most requested meal.

Rice with Lentils (from Charmaine Solomon’s Complete Vegetarian Cookbook, a book i’ve had for about 20 years). In India this is a main dish and is accompanied by curries, chutneys, pappadams and some yoghurt, either plain or mixed with sliced cucumber, or sliced banana.

We have this with a green salad and some Indian chutneys.

This recipe can be halved.

1 cup dried red lentils

2.5 Tblspns oil or ghee (i use half olive oil and half butter)

2 large onions, sliced thinly

1 cup long grain rice

3.5 cups hot water

1-2 tspns sea salt

1/4 tspn each of ground black pepper, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon and nutmeg


Add oil/ghee/butter to a large saucepan with a good fitting lid. Fry the onions over medium heat, stirring at times, until golden brown (takes 5-10 mins). Remove half the fried onions and set aside. Add lentils and rice to pan and fry stirring for a few minutes. Add hot water, salt and spices. Stir well and quickly bring to the boil.

Turn heat very low, cover tightly with lid, and cook without lifting the lid for 20mins until the liquid has been absorbed and rice and lentils are cooked. Serve on a dish with reserved onions scattered over the top.



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