Lentils With Chorizo, Greens and Yellow Rice
Interpretations of beans and rice — a humble, hearty, filling and delicious meal — are found throughout the world, made with various types of dried bean (sometimes called peas). In many versions, the cooked rice and beans are folded together in the pot. Others, like this one, serve the rice on the side. Here, lentils are cooked Spanish-style, with chorizo and greens for a thick stew. If you want it to be soupier, thin it with a little water or broth, and feel free to omit the sausage to make it vegetarian.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- 1large onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
- Salt and pepper
- 8ounces dry-cured Spanish chorizo or other spicy sausage, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 1teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
- 1teaspoon minced garlic
- 1tablespoon pimentón dulce (sweet Spanish smoked paprika)
- 1pound large green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
- 4cups thinly sliced chard (about 2 bunches)
- 3tablespoons chopped scallions, both white and green parts
- 2cups white long-grain or basmati rice
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- 1small onion, finely diced
- 1(1-inch) piece cinnamon stick
- 6whole cloves
- 1teaspoon turmeric or powdered annatto
- ½teaspoon salt
Step 1Make the lentils: Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, add onion, stir to coat with oil, and season well with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
Step 2Lower heat to medium, add chorizo and continue to cook mixture until chorizo has browned a bit. Add cumin, garlic and pimentón, and stir to combine.
Step 3Add lentils to pot and pour in 6 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, add 1 teaspoon salt, then turn down to a low simmer. Keep pot covered with lid ajar, and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, until well cooked and porridgelike. (Add a small amount of water to loosen slightly if necessary.)
Step 4Add the chard, pushing down to help it wilt. Put on lid and cook 15 minutes more until chard is well cooked. Stir to combine with lentils.
Step 5Meanwhile, cook the rice: Rinse rice well in a bowl of cold water until water runs clear, then drain. Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
Step 6Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and starting to color, 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, salt and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to very low. Cook for 15 minutes, then turn it off and leave to steam with the lid on for up to 30 minutes.
Step 7To serve, put a large ladle of stewed lentils in a low wide soup bowl and place a large spoonful of rice next to it. Sprinkle with scallions.