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

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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.

 

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Chickpeas and Curried Rice

I attempted rice again in the solar cooker. The first time it came out so yummy and fluffy that I was excited to do it again. So excited, in fact, that I left the rice out there for almost 2 hours. It was…crunchy. I guess I should add rice to the list of things where time matters.

However, my recipe called for mango pieces mixed with the rice, so it moistened it right back up.

This recipe comes from the China Study Cookbook.

Curried Chickpeas and Rice

1 cup uncooked brown rice

1 mango

4 tomatoes, diced

1 cup chickpeas

1 Tbsp curry

Cilantro

Cook the rice. Cut the mango and stir it into the rice.

In a saucepan, combine diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and curry. Simmer 4 minutes.

Serve with the tomato mixture spooned on top of the rice. Garnish with cilantro.

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Rating: yummy!