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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 26, 2022

Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils | Quick, Easy & Delicious Recipe

We´ve all heard the term ¨You are what you Eat¨, and let me tell you, you want to eat this Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils. As it´s going to make you feel like a million bucks. But the best part? This recipe is easy to make, packs a ton of flavors and done in just 40 minutes.

Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils
To make this dish I used Spanish round rice, which is the one that´s used to make Paella. However for this recipe, you can use whatever rice you like. Though the liquid to rice ratios might be different. So make sure to check the package instructions.

Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils
For the lentils, I used quick cooking brown lentils (done in 15 to 20 minutes). But you can also use green lentils. I don´t recommend you use red lentils here, as with the way we will be cooking them, they will lose their shape and get mushy.

Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used 4 cups of liquid to make this recipe. 3 cups for the rice and 1 cup for the lentils. If the rice you´re using needs less liquid to cook, add as needed + the 1 cup for the lentils. So if your rice needs to 2 cups liquid to cook 1 cup rice, add a total of 3 cups to the pan.

Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils
5 from 4 votes

Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 746 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown lentils 100 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 4 cups vegetable broth 925 ml
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 200 grams
  • 2 bay leaves
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Roughly chop the onion, finely chop the carrots (peeled), roughly chop the garlic and rinse the dried lentils under cold water

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 1 minute add in the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 5 to 6 minutes and they´re lightly browned, add in the lentils, 1/4 tsp saffron threads and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then add in 4 cups vegetable broth and 2 bay leaves, turn up the heat to a high heat

  4. Once the broth comes to a boil, add in the 1 cup of rice, give it one final mix, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 15 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed, then remove from the heat

  5. Using a fork, gently fluff the rice, then add over shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Heart-Healthy Rice with Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 746 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 864mg25%
Carbohydrates 129g43%
Fiber 23g96%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 10218IU204%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. kim

    5 stars
    Made this today and it is a really nice, easy dish. We eat a lot of lentils and rice so it was right up our alley! Followed the recipe and got a tasty meal that meets my husband’s request for a bean/grain combo. Thanks so much

    14 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      16 . Jul . 2023
  2. Gots TAEAT

    5 stars
    I LOVE the fact that you include a nutritional panel per serving with sodium and potassium listed as it is crucial for someone with kidney disease to know. Would really like to see phosphorous listed, too, but hardly anyone posts it in nutritional panel.
    Keep Up The AWESOME Work!

    31 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      01 . Nov . 2022
  3. Peggy

    5 stars
    I just made this exactly as written and am eating my second bowl now. Flavor is delicious. Definitely a repeat recipe.

    12 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      13 . Sep . 2022
  4. Marin

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight & did it exactly as instructed by Albert, using the exact ingredients as the recipe calls for. It was so delicious that i could have eaten the whole pan! Also, so easy to prepare. The only addition i made was that i squeezed some fresh lemon juice on top of the rice once served. It really elevates the flavour more so & brings some freshness. Thanks for another great recipe!

    30 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      31 . Aug . 2022
  5. Michelle McClintock

    Can you leave the bay leaves out? A lot of people might forget to take them out when the stuff is done.

    26 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      They add a ton of flavor, just remove them once cooked if you like 🙂 much love

      27 . Aug . 2022
  6. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me i never had heart healthy rice with lentils before perfect for my afte office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    26 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      27 . Aug . 2022

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