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I basically have the same main meal every day – I’m told it’s basically the same as the Nepalese diet. If it’s good enough for them ..

All quantities are per person.

In a microwave pot assemble

  • a mix of red lentils (which cook faster than other sorts) and long-grain or risotto rice (about half a cup in total)
  • a mashed clove of garlic
  • chopped veg to taste.
  • oil and seasoning to taste.

Mix a small teaspoon of tomato concentrate into 250ml of water and add to pot.

Microwave on full power for 5 minutes – then half power for 15 minutes. Check if water absorbed and rice cooked. If necessary add another say 50ml of hot water and cook on half power for a further 5 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

Cooking and water requirements will vary with the vegetables used. I nearly always include –

  • a carrot
  • some broccoli florets and stem
  • two or three cherry tomatoes
  • a third of a pepper
  • aubergine or potato
  • mushrooms or sweetcorn.

One pot microwave cooking is pretty economical. And as you see, this meal can be ready in half an hour. The lentils are a lovely complement to the rice and I never tire of the concoction.

About the author

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Silver divorcee with two adult children. I like nature and the arts. Too serious for my own good, tho not without a sense of humour ;-)

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19th Jun 2019
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I know I don’t eat enough veg so this is perfect for me and I LOVE microwave cooking 🙂
13th May 2019
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Great idea for what sounds like a delicious, nutritious meal, Little3. I wouldn't have thought of combining red lentils and risotto rice. Must give it a try.
26th Apr 2019
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hello little3, how amazing.... your recipe sounds very good and easy tooo. thank you for sharing it with us. I really love lentils too. and I cook them with onions, carrots, cellery, garlic and cubes of ham, a few cubes of potatoes and tomatoes. insead of water I use chickenbroth or a fond.
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