Recipe: Brown Rice with Leeks, Carrots and Black Lentils

imageBlack lentils are a wonderful delicacy introduced to me by Yosefa. One day she also gave me some leeks that needed to be eaten, so I made this recipe loosely based on one in Lorna Sass’s cookbook.

Recipe: Brown Rice with Leeks, Carrots and Black Lentils

Summary: Pressure cooker vegetarian meal-in-one.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 carrot, peeled or scrubbed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup small black lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil or other herb


  1. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker.
  2. Cook leeks and garlic, stirring, for one minute.
  3. Stir in the rice, boiling water, tomato paste, carrots, lentils and salt.
  4. Lock the lid, heat to high pressure and cook for 25 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for another ten minutes. Release any remaining steam.
  5. Add basil before serving.

Quick Notes

You can make these in a conventional pot, but it will need to cook for an hour or more depending on how chewy you like the rice.

Cooking time (duration): 60

Diet type: Vegan

Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free

Dietary restriction: Kosher

Number of servings (yield): 3

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)


  1. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t have leeks so I used regular onions instead. Also, I forgot the tomato paste. Why do you have to wash the rice and lentils?
    Thank you for a great dinner!

  2. Can you do this in a slow cooker?

    • jm, good question! I would think so, but you would need more liquid than called for in the recipe. And the rice might end up softer than you might like.

  3. Faye Levy says

    This sounds like a delicious, different way to make magadrah. I love it that you add a generous amount of fresh herbs at the end to brighten the flavors. I think I would be tempted to also add cayenne or hot sauce, or maybe just freshly ground pepper. Do you find black lentils easily?

  4. I’ve seen black lentils in almost every large supermarket. They are also called Puy Lentils.

  5. Thanks, Hannah and Abbi. That’s very good to know. Puy is an area in France famous for its lentils.

  6. The recipe sounds tasty. I don’t have a pressure cooker. How could you cook this for an hour in a pot? Wouldn’t the water get used up quickly, even cooking on a low fire?


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