Recipe: Curried Rice Pilaf

It has been too long since I've shared a recipe here. I will tell you that it doesn't mean that we aren't mixing it up in the kitchen, or trying new foods - we do a lot of that.
This week we tried a variation of a meal that (for now) has the wow factor going on -  rice pilaf. How do I know this? Because they ate it all up, and asked for more.

Generally, rice pilaf is on our menu- well, it's not technically - but it falls under rice and chicken :). Because, seriously, how many ways can you prepare rice and chicken?!
When I found this recipe I was up for the challenge, and ready to try something different. I guess I should say I was doubly challenged; because trying a new recipe is hard enough, but introducing it to a group of little people, and getting 2 thumbs up, is priceless. 

Note: I made my own modifications from the host site. I didn't use Thai red curry paste, instead I made a paste from turmeric. I also didn't have any cilantro, and I didn't use onion. Also, please note the original poster's comment about not adding the salt until the end.
...and because I tend to over -speak, I will simply share the recipe now :)

Curried Rice Pilaf


    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 cup diced onion
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 teaspoon minced ginger
    1 cup uncooked basmati rice
    1 cup uncooked red lentils
    1½ cup fresh diced tomatoes
    1½ teaspoons Garam Masala
    2 tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste
    ¼ cup diced fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
    ½ cup canned coconut milk
    3 cups water
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    Few grinds freshly cracked black pepper

    In a medium sauce pan with a tight fitting lid, heat oil over medium high heat.
    Add onion, garlic and ginger and sauté for three minutes.
    Add dry rice and dry lentils and sauté for two minutes.
    Reduce heat to medium and add fresh tomato, garam masala and curry paste and stir and cook for one minute.
    Add cilantro, coconut milk and water and raise heat to high.
    Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat to low.
    Cook covered for 20 minutes.
    Remove from heat and add salt and pepper, stir and let sit covered for five minutes.
    Serve with additional chopped cilantro.

Happy eating! 

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