A Dozen Delicious Lentil and Rice Recipes

Lentils and Rice with TVP in a skillet
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

Rice and lentils are two ingredients simply made for each other, and here they're paired up in recipes from around the globe. Chewy lentils and tender rice make up the base for bowls, soups, and casseroles that will keep you fueled up throughout the day. Take a trip to the Middle East with a hearty serving of mujadarrah, visit Italy with a sip of red lentil and brown soup, or get a taste of India thanks to a steaming bowl of masoor dal. Our lentil and rice recipes will keep your palate engaged and your belly full.

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Rice and Lentil Casserole

Close up of Rice and Lentil Casserole
Buckwheat Queen

Dinner in a single pan? Sign us up! In this recipe the Italian sausage is sautéd with onions and peppers before chicken broth, rice, and lentils are added. The result is a protein-packed meal the whole family will love.

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Green Lentils and Rice Assyrian Style

a top-down view of a bowl of lentils and rice topped with caramelized onions, with a dish of yogurt on the side
Buckwheat Queen

This recipe is the perfect example of how a handful of ingredients can be transformed into a wow-worthy dish. Hearty green lentils and light basmati rice pair up with caramelized onions for a traditional Middle Eastern meal.

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Italian Red Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Italian Red Lentil and Brown Rice Soup with bread in a bowl
Buckwheat Queen

Made with soft red lentils and chewy brown rice, this soup is a stick-to-your-ribs meal. The Italian-inspired flavor comes from diced tomatoes, Italian herbs, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to finish it off at the end.

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Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake

Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake
Buckwheat Queen

White rice and red lentils are the powerhouse pairing behind this vegan casserole. Each bite is packed with fresh vegetables and a flavorful herb-infused tomato sauce.

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Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal)

Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal)
Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal). Buckwheat Queen

Dal (curried lentils) and rice are the ultimate Indian-inspired meal. As a bonus, this recipe makes a big batch and freezes well so you can meal prep while making tonight's dinner.

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Lentils and Rice with TVP

Lentils and Rice with TVP in a skillet
Buckwheat Queen

TVP, which is dehydrated soy protein that often mimics ground beef, cooks up with brown lentils and long grain rice in a curry-infused broth for this filling recipe. This dish can be made vegetarian- or vegan-friendly by using vegetable bouillon instead of chicken.

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Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes

Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes in a glass dish
M-Ann-M

In this unique recipe, red lentils and rice are tossed with buttery onions and fresh mint before getting stuffed into tomatoes for baking. No tomatoes on hand? Some reviewers have had success using this mixture to stuff bell peppers too.

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Lentils with Ground Beef and Rice

Lentils with Ground Beef and Rice in a grey bowl
Buckwheat Queen

Spiced up with cumin, paprika, and garlic, this dish transforms basic lentils and rice into a delicious meal. It also is budget-friendly, stretching a pound of ground beef into several servings.

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mint

bowl of Turkish red lentil soup with croutons
Jenna

By blending together red lentils and rice, a silky smooth soup texture is achieved. "This soup is divine and much like you will get at any authentic Turkish restaurant," says recipe creator Jenna. "It has dynamic flavors and a lovely mild heat. I make a big batch and eat it for lunch with crusty bread and salad the entire week."

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Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
ashleyenfrance

Green lentils and long grain rice make up the base for mujadarrah, a traditional Middle Eastern dish that is seasoned with caramelized onions. Don't skip the plain yogurt dollop on top, it adds the perfect balance of tanginess and creaminess.

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Instant Pot® Lentil and Rice Soup

Instant Pot Lentil and Rice Soup in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

Yellow lentils and white rice are given a quick cook in the Instant Pot, where they break down into an irresistibly creamy texture. The fresh lemon juice and ground thyme add a world of flavor.

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Egyptian Koshary

Egyptian Koshary on a red plate
Kat Phase

Egypt's national dish, koshary (also sometimes spelled kushari or koshari) is a popular street food that has everything you need to be fueled up for a day of hard work. Cooked rice, macaroni, and lentils are tossed into a bowl with caramelized onions and a tangy tomato sauce. "I make this recipe at least once a month for my Egyptian husband, it's his absolute favorite," says reviewer Kyela.

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