Bored by your usual side dishes? Swap out your typical options with this fun and tasty tamarind-flavored lentil brown rice salad.
1cupuncooked brown rice
1/2cupbrown lentilssoaked overnight in water and rinsed
1 1/2tablespoonsvegetable oil
1 1/2teaspoonstamarind paste **
1 1/2teaspoonslime juiceapproximately 1/2 a lime
Salt and Pepperto taste
1/3cupchopped cilantrofor garnishing
Lime wedgesfor garnishing
Fresh chopped cilantrofor garnishing
In a large pot over high heat, combine the brown rice with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil before reducing heat to low. Simmer the rice, slightly covered, for approximately 40 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender with a slight chew.
In a large skillet or pot, combine the soaked lentils and 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender, approximately 25 minutes.
Combine the vegetable oil, tamarind paste, and 3 teaspoons of water in a small bowl. Thoroughly whisk together to make the dressing.
Combine the cooked rice and lentils together in a separate serving bowl. Drizzle the dressing and lime juice over the grains and mix everything thoroughly together with a spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Serve warm.