Rice mixed with Lentils cooked in a seasoned aromatic broth infused with herbs and spices. This healthy and savoury vegetarian dish is perfect for any occasion.

Rice and Lentil Pilaf - RECIPES - AceNuwara - Nature's Finest Gifts
  • Prep. Time

    30 mins

  • Cooking Time

    25 mins

  • Servings

    4 people

  • Suitable for Vegetarian

Tested Low-GI: 36


  • 3cups (720g) Vegetable Broth (Reduced Sodium)
  • 1.5cups (400g) White Mushroom (Chopped)
  • 2large (300g) Onions (Finely chopped)
  • 2cups (214g) Cauliflower (Cut into small pieces)
  • 1cup (185g) Ace Nuwara Wholegrain Red Basmathi Rice
  • 2cups (182g) Broccoli (Cut into small pieces)
  • 6tbsp (72g) Green Lentils
  • 2.5tbsp (36g) Olive Oil
  • 0.25cup (34g) Almond Nuts (Crushed)
  • 8cloves (24g) Garlic (Finely chopped)
  • 2tsp (5g) Black Pepper
  • 0.5tsp (3g) Salt
  • 1tsp (3g) Chili Powder
  • 2tsp (2g) Dried Thyme
  • 2tsp (1.2g) Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1tsp (1.2g) Dried Rosemary


  • Rinse the rice thoroughly and soak it in water for about 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the lentils thoroughly and boil for 10 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  • Heat up olive oil in a saucepan/pot and sauté the onions until they become soft.
  • Then add the garlic and cook it till it turns golden brown.
  • Stir in the mushrooms, salt, chilli powder, black pepper, rosemary and thyme.
  • Pour in the vegetable broth once the mushroom is cooked and bring the pot to a boil.
  • Strain the soaked rice and add it to the pot. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil the broccoli and cauliflower in a separate pot until they are cooked. Strain and set aside.
  • When almost all of the vegetable/chicken broth in the pot has been absorbed by the rice; add in the lentils.
  • Cook for another 3 minutes and add the cooked broccoli and cauliflower. Mix well.
  • Garnish with crushed almonds and dried parsley and serve. Optional garnish: finely chopped yellow bell pepper and chilli powder.

Nutrient Info.

(Per Serving)

  • Low GI: 36
  • Energy: 481kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 69g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Fat: 16.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 415mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 12.5g

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