Wild & Brown Rice with Black Beluga Lentils

Ever feel taken for granted? Ever take a loved one for granted? It happens, both ways, often with the people who matter the most. Just ask any parent — its a thankless job. (Um, Dad, in the off-chance you are reading this, thank you. For everything.)

The sad thing is, the more you need someone in your life, chances are high that we go through moments where we neglect them. Then we realize it when they are gone.

I don’t mean to be a bummer today, but I just realized that with food, it’s no different. It is easy to overlook the basics, the cornerstones of our diet. When I decide what foods to share with you, it is far more exciting to talk about ooey gooey chocolate cookies and fall of the bone short ribs. Let’s be honest, when you saw the title today, did you think, Whoopee! Wild rice!

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

These whole grains deserve a little time in the spotlight. And I know there are a few of you who would like the recipe to this medley. When I posted my Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Wine Sauce, I received several requests for the rice pictured on the dish. I realized I need to stop taking wild rice for granted.

Forget for a moment that these grains and lentils are so healthy and nutritious. Forget for a moment how much better it is than plain old white rice. I have a new appreciation for their beauty. The Black Beluga Lentils are like dainty black pearls waiting to be strung. I love the shape of raw wild rice grains.

A great side to any meal, I love that you can easily transform Wild & Brown Rice with Black Beluga Lentils into something with a little more pizzazz. Remember those glazed carrots from not too long ago? Toss them in with a drizzle of sherry vinegar, a glug of olive oil and you have a hearty wild rice salad. I would say it is quite pretty, too.

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Wild & Brown Rice with Black Beluga Lentils

Yield: 4-6 servings.

With three elements to cook separately, this may seem more hassle than it's worth, but the beauty of this rice dish is that you can cook them in advance, several days even. The cooked rice can even be frozen. With batches of each in your refrigerator, it's nice to have, lets say, cooked lentils for other meals.

Ingredients:

8 oz uncooked brown rice
4 oz uncooked wild rice
4 oz uncooked black beluga lentils
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 1/2 cups plus 1 cup water to cook brown rice and lentils, respectively
Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

Cook each rice and the lentils separately:

Brown rice: Combine brown rice with 2 1/2 cups water in a saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 10-12 minutes, or according to the product instructions, until the water has been absorbed.

Wild rice: Combine wild rice with vegetable stock in a saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes. Not all the liquid will be absorbed. Drain the rice and reserve the stock.

Black Beluga Lentils: Combine lentils with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain.

Combine the cooked rice and lentils, adding some reserved vegetable stock from the wild rice if the mixture is dry. Season to taste with salt.

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by Liren Baker on January 27, 2012

14 Responses to “Wild & Brown Rice with Black Beluga Lentils”

  1. J @ ... semplicemente j ... January 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am (#
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    Black Beluga Lentils … look like beautiful caviar … had never heard of them … RICE is however never overlooked in my household … if I could just control the portions I would be having any type of rice morning, noon and night!

    Delicious … I have added it to my to do list!

    • Liren replied: — January 27th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      I know what you mean! Growing up, there was a lot of rice, mostly jasmine, for nearly every meal. Love rice and eggs for breakfast still! But I do try to make an effort to vary up the grains, so this helps :)

  2. Maria @ Scandifoodie January 27, 2012 @ 10:02 am (#
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    These are the ingredients I absolutely love! Gorgeous dish!

  3. Jean January 27, 2012 @ 10:29 am (#
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    I just saw another post featuring black beluga lentils and realized that I have never tried them. After seeing your post, too, I am determined to add them to my pantry. I already have the wild and brown rice to complete your ingredient list. I think the hubs will be very happy with me when I make this for him! Thanks, Liren!

  4. Gina January 27, 2012 @ 10:59 am (#
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    Yum! We made a huge slow cooker full of lentils and veggies on Monday that I’ve been putting over brown rice for lunches and am loving it! I’ve never seen these black lentils but am going to see if I can find them at our local store.

  5. Ellen January 27, 2012 @ 12:27 pm (#
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    Thankyou so much!! I will admit that I did say a small whoopie!! When I got the email notifying me this recipe was up :3 bought my first bag of brown rice and everything!!

    • Liren replied: — January 27th, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      Ellen, you are so welcome! And thanks for the whoopie, that makes me happy :) Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Jeanette January 27, 2012 @ 5:47 pm (#
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    I actually was excited to find a post with black beluga lentils. I usually cook rice and lentils as separate dishes, but I love the idea of combining them to make this pretty dish.

  7. angela@spinachtiger January 28, 2012 @ 12:50 pm (#
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    I just made fall off the bone short ribs yesterday, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate this dish, which is so very healthy and good tasting. I have some wild rice that I have neglected so thanks for the push. I really love the last photo. Is that tomatoes you added in?

  8. Jen @ pretty plate January 31, 2012 @ 1:43 pm (#
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    This is a definite for next week! Thank you for sharing. Looks delicious and healthy!

    : )

    Jen

  9. Kate February 12, 2012 @ 12:09 am (#
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    Caramelized onions, rice, and lentils is a CLASSIC dish so it’s no wonder your side dish is delish! I’ll have to try it with carrots next time. Good idea.

    Megadarra, also called Mujudarra in various spellings, is a traditional middle eastern dish of rice, lentils and onions. It’s inexpensive to prepare, filling, and healthy, and was considered “food for the poor” until everyone learned how fantastic it is, and then it crossed all class boundaries.

    You wouldn’t think such humble ingredients could turn out such a stellar side dish, and yet, they do. They team together to make a simple wonderful side dish which is good hot or cold, and ages well — the taste is as great on Day 3 as it was on Day 1.

    Claudia Roden, in her 2000 cookbook “in The New Book of Middle Eastern Food” said:

    “An aunt of mine used to present megadarra regularly to guests with the comment: ‘Excuse the food of the poor!’–to which the unanimous reply always was: ‘Keep your food of kings and give us megadarra every day!’”

  10. susan April 8, 2012 @ 9:33 pm (#
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    I love black lentils. Loving the combo of both wild and brown rice. Putting this at the top of my to-do list!

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