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Rice Cooker Lentils
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How To Cook Lentils In Rice Cooker

This simple recipe for lentil soup in a rice cooker, is perfect for a winter meal, packed full of nutrients and flavor. So gather your ingredients and get ready to enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade lentil soup!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Elle John

Ingredients

For Cooking Lentils

  • 1 cup brown lentils sorted and rinsed, you could also use green lentils.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery cleaned and diced
  • ½ onion diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For Tempering: Optional

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 50 grams pancetta or bacon
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves finely chopped for garnishing.

Instructions

  • To start, simply gather your ingredients
  • Once you have your ingredients prepared, simply add the rinsed lentils to your rice cooker along with the water, carrot, celery, and onion.
  • Set the cooker to grain mode or high and let the lentils cook until they are soft but still slightly al dente, roughly about 35 - 40 mins.
  • Once they are cooked, add in your seasonings - the salt and pepper - and stir everything together.
  • To finish off your delicious lentil soup, this step is optional.
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a separate pan over medium heat.
  • Add in your crushed clove of garlic and diced pancetta or bacon pieces and stir until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Then pour this mixture into the rice cooker bowl with the lentil soup and mix well. Garnish with chopped parsley leaves before serving for an extra touch of flavor.

Notes

  • 1 cup of dried lentils will yield about 2 cups of cooked lentils.
  • Brown and green lentils work best with this recipe.
  • If you want a bit of spice add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the tempering. 
  • If you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian-friendly version of this recipe, simply omit the pancetta or bacon and add 1 teaspoon of parmesan if you want to make this recipe vegetarian. If you want to make it vegan, just add some croutons of your choice. The soup will still be delicious and flavorful.

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 1114mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4394IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 8mg