One of my friends makes this dish in a very special way with an authentic flair. I have adopted the simple version. The recipe uses lentils which are full of valuable nutrition like protein, iron, and B Vitamins. They also help with lowering your risk of heart disease, stabilizing blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. Detailed Health Benefits follow the recipe.
Preparation Time: 1 hour
|1 & 1/2||Cups||Rice|
|2||Tsp||Coriander & Cumin Powder|
|Salt to Taste|
- Wash lentils thoroughly.
- Soak lentils for a couple of hours.
- Soak rice for half an hour.
- In a frying pan, heat the oil and sauté onion, garlic and tomatoes.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients.
- Add lentils and let them cook for 10 minutes. Do not over cook lentils. Set them aside.
- Prepare rice with a little salt. Set rice aside.
- Now in a flat glass pan, layer lentils at the bottom and add layer of cooked rice on top.
- Repeat by adding another layer and then another.
- I usually top it with saffron. You can add butter, clear butter of ghee but this will add more calories, also. Bake for 20 minutes at about 200º.
- To use Saffron in a proper way, I warm it up for 10 seconds in a glass container in the microwave so that the moisture is dried out. Make a powder with a pestle. You can also add a few drops of milk.
Health Benefits of Lentils
Lentils are low in calories and high in nutrition. Eating them at least once a week is a great way to add the health benefits of these tasty legumes to your diet.
Studies have found that people who eat high fiber legumes like lentils have a much reduced risk of heart disease. The high levels of folate and magnesium in lentils also go a long way in protecting the heart.
Stabilize Blood Sugar
Due to their high fiber content, lentils help in regulating blood sugar by providing steady, slow-burning energy and balancing blood sugar levels.
High in Iron
Lentils are loaded with iron and are a great way to replenish the body's iron stores, especially for people who don't eat red meat like vegans and vegetarians.
Lentils are a great source of B vitamins, most notably folate and niacin (B3). B vitamins are important for the healthy functioning of the nervous, digestive, and immune systems.
Lentils are a great cholesterol lowering food due to their high levels of fiber.
Protein makes up 26% of the calories in lentils and they have the third highest level of protein than any other plant food. It's no wonder that they're a staple in many parts of the world.