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.