This recipe is a variation on a recipe from a Weight Watchers book called Take Out Tonight, a cookbook that has a surprising number of really good recipes (I'm usually disappointed by low-fat/diet cookbooks).
Lentils and Rice with Vegetables
3/4 cup Basmati rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, pressed in a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cups bite-sized cauliflower (I used frozen)
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup dry red lentils, picked over and rinsed1 teaspoon coarse (Kosher) salt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1. Put the rice in a bowl and rinse with water several times, until the water is mostly clear. Cover the rice with water and soak for 20 minutes; drain.
2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the oil, and heat the oil for about 10 seconds. Add the onion, carrot, cumin seed, and mustard seed. Cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric, cauliflower, and peas; cook for 2 minutes. Add the drained rice, peas, lentils, salt, and 1 2/3 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, 15-18 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the rice sit for 5 minutes (don't remove the lid). Stir in the cilantro.
Makes about 4 (1 1/4 cup) servings