Curried Rice and Lentils with Mango

Sundays are always a cooking day here. I usually have time to watch the solar cooker often enough so that I can make more than one thing. It’s fun to try my hand at a few dishes in a day.

After making jam yesterday morning, I thought I’d try a modified China Study Cookbook recipe that my family had enjoyed before. It’s fast and only takes one dish and the kids eat it. I added in lentils though, because I like a little more protein with out dinner.

Curried Rice and Lentils with Mango

1 cup uncooked rice

1 cup uncooked lentils (I used green)

1 chopped onion

1 chopped bell pepper

4 cups water

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp curry powder

Combine all the above ingredients and cook in the solar cooker, covered, till the rice and lentils are soft.

Bring inside and stir in:

1/3 cup raisins

1 chopped mango

Garnish with cilantro


Mine came out well, but I didn’t time the solar cooking perfectly. I started too late in the afternoon and had to finish it off in the microwave. I keep forgetting how important cooking early is!

Rating: hearty. It would be a good winter meal and it leaves us with ample leftovers for lunch. If you like it sweeter, leave out the lentils and substitute orange juice for 1/2 cup of the water.