“I got this recipe from Cornell Cooperative Extension. I helped make this at cooking on a budget cooking class. This was the first time I cooked with or tried lentils. I thought this was so good tasting and very easy to make.”

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  1. Rinse lentils. If possible, soak in warm water for at least 2 hours. Drain and set aside. If you don't soak the lentils, they may need more water and take longer to cook.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, and saute until golden brown about 10-15 minutes. Set aside 1 cup of the sauteed onions for garnish. Add the rice to the onions and saute until well coated with oil, about 1 minute.
  3. Add lentils, water, salt, pepper, spices and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook covered over low heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Fluff lentils with a fork. Serve on a large platter and scatter the remaining 1 cup of sauteed onions on top. Garnish with non-fat yogurt if desired. Be sure to taste for seasoning.

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