clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Brown Rice and Lentils

  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 10 mins.
  • Cook Time: 45 mins.
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegan Side Dish Recipes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan


Brown rice and lentils is a delicious meal or easy side dish requiring only 5 ingredients and one pot. Healthy whole grains and legumes packed with protein and fiber and perfect for feeding a crowd.




  1. Preheat a medium saucepan or large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are soft and begin to just turn brown.
  2. Add the rice, lentils, water (vegetable broth), and salt and pepper. Increase to medium-high heat. Bring everything to a boil then lower heat, cover, and simmer. 
  3. Cook for 45 minutes or until the rice and lentils are tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Keep in mind, depending on your appliance or cookware, the cook time may vary.
  4. Remove from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


Side Dish: Pair it with veggies like my Oven Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sautéed Kale, Easy Maple Roasted Carrots, or Summer Squash Sauté.

Main Dish: What makes this rice recipe different from others is how meaty and versatile it is. Top it with caramelized onions, my Tofu Sour Cream or Cashew Sour Cream, a little sprinkle of red pepper and it’s amazing. It’s very similar to Mjedra.

Top with some fresh veggies like sliced red cabbage, chopped bell pepper, sliced radishes, chopped green onion, or sliced carrots. It makes a simple, yet satisfying, spring or summer meal. The possibilities are endless


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 3.6 g
  • Sodium: 137.7 mg
  • Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.8 g
  • Fiber: 8.6 g
  • Protein: 16.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: brown rice and lentils, lentils and rice healthy, simple lentils and rice recipe, gluten-free