Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Garlic Brown Butter Lentils & Rice with Dill

delicious dinner on a budget

When I made this dish for the first time, it was still cold outside. Jackets and hats and boots were all still a part of my life, and the sun was still quick to disappear in the evening.

Now, it's damn hot outside and I have been sunburned twice already because I keep stupidly forgetting that in Canada the sun can and will hurt you, and even if you soak your back in a thousand tea bags that awkward tan will still be with you for the next three months (thanks for nothing, internet).

It's a whole other world out there now, full of soccer hooligans and shorts and long days filled with sunshine.

This recipe feels like it came from another era of my life, when things seemed predictable and stable and I felt like I knew what the next six months of my life looked like. Now I don't know what the next week looks like.

About six weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I decided to quit my job to travel the world. It was not well thought out or planned for, but I've never felt more excited or terrified about anything in my life. The decision certainly surprised no one more than me. In fact, I still can't really believe I'm going, and I'm flying to India this Friday. Holy shit.

In the midst of all this sudden chaos, there hasn't been much space for thought or rest, and cooking has been a very slapdash affair (if I even manage to cook anything at all). With all of my creative energies elsewhere, I've been falling back onto easy, familiar dishes that don't ask for much attention and offer much forgiveness.

Rice and lentils give me space to think and rest. They'll simmer happily away while my mind wanders, or while I literally wander away. As long as I have a timer, disaster never strikes.

The garlic brown butter is just a little bit of flair and not much work, and along with some minced fresh dill, is all a pot of lentils and rice needs to become a delicious meal rather than a poor/busy man's dish of necessity. Don't skimp on the garlic or the butter - it's what makes rice and lentils worth writing about, trust me.

rice & lentils & dill

Garlic Brown Butter Lentils & Rice with Dill
This dish is all ease and comfort. It takes minimal effort to make, but is both delicious and filling. It also makes an easy work lunch, and you can whip up a huge batch to last you throughout the week if you so desire.

1 cup uncooked brown long grain rice
1 cup uncooked green lentils
2 large or 4 small garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
salt & pepper to taste

Serves 4 - 6

green lentils fresh dill garlic & dill
rice & lentils browned garlic butter fresh dill, yes

1. Place rice in a pot with 2 cups water, cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer until water has been absorbed, 40 - 50 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes covered, then uncover and fluff with a fork. Set aside.

2. Place lentils with 3 cups water, cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low until water has been absorbed, about 20 - 25 minutes. Once cooked, uncover and set aside.

3. When both rice and lentils are cooked, toss together to combine, then set aside.

4. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and continue to cook until it browns. It will foam up and the milk solids will turn brown, and it will give off a rich, nutty scent. Add the minced garlic immediately and sauté in browned butter for about a minute, then pour over the lentils and rice. Stir to combine, then stir in the fresh dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. Leftovers will keep well in the fridge in an airtight container for five days.

rice & lentils with browned garlic butter & dill

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the recipe of Garlic Brown Butter Lentils & Rice with Dill!I think this is the one of the best recipe for pour good health.I like the flavor of Lentils.The dish contain no oil i hope that this recipe is the protein content meal for our health.I will definitely going to make this recipe.