Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Adas Kateh ("Lentil Rice"): Persian Comfort Food

Growing up, I remember so looking forward to the nights we had Adas Kateh for dinner.  "Adas" simply translates to "lentil" and "Kateh" is "rice"---this is one of my favorite Persian comfort foods.  It hits a special spot in my belly since it satisfies both sweet and salty and in addition, is a very clean eating dish.  It's also super easy to make and looks gorgeous when plated.  Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse- they are a great source of protein and cholesterol-lowering fiber and they promote heart health, digestive health AND stabilize blood sugar.  In a nutshell, lentils ROCK!  Because this is a rice based dish, it is healthier to use brown rice and exercise portion control.  I typically make about 1 cup of rice and this is good for 4 servings.  A refreshing Persian Salad Shirazi or my Persian yogurt cucumber app is a delicious accompaniment to this yummy dish.  I hope you find it strikes a special chord in your inner foodie soul the way it does in mine :)

1/2 cup lentils washed
1 cup uncooked rice (Jasmine or Jasmati are best) washed 2-3 times
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste (I use 1 teaspoon)
4-5 Medjool dates sliced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup sliced onion

1. Place lentils into a pot and add 1 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until all the water is absorbed.

2.  Next add 1 cup of washed rice, just over 1.5 cups water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric to the lentils and stir.  Bring contents of pot to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook until done (about 30 minutes).  Note: due to the various types of rice, you may need to add a little more water until the rice is fully cooked.  

3.  While the rice is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan and sauté onion until it begins to brown.  Next add dates and raisins and continue to sauté together for another few minutes until they all begin to caramelize together.


4.  Once finished cooking, plate the lentil rice and top with delicious raisin/date/onion combo!  

Can't wait for you to try this cozy, comforting dish!

PS- looking for another fun and tasty rice dish?  Check this one out!


Lelerz03 said...

This... really sounds delicious. I would've never thought to use dates this way. Keeping this one for later.

Solmaz Amirnazmi MD said...

Hope you get a chance to try it soon- Enjoy!