Hi vyapti, I am not familiar with quinoa so I cannot comment on it. I make a lentil rice and had once randomly submitted it for BHG contest and I won.
Here is the general recipe that I use and you can try it if you think it appeals to you.
Lentils - 2 cups and you cook them until they are aldente. They should not be completely cooked. Don't add a ton of water. Add little at a time. When you are done the lentils are tender but intact
Rice - 1 cup cook like pasta in hot boiling salted water, once aldente,drain and reserve
Here is what you need to assemble:
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- Assorted bell peppers thinly slices (1 cup)
- Frozen Peas (1/2 cup)
- Garlic (3 cloves finely chopped)
- Cumin Seeds (2 tsp)
- Bay Leaves (2)
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 jalapeno or geen chili, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup of freshly chopped cilantro
- handful of freshly chopped mint (optional but highly recommended)
- black pepper powder (2 pinches)
- cinnamon powder (1 pinch)
- salt to taste
- Oil 3 tbsp
In a large pan, add the oil, when it's hot, add the cumin seeds and bay leaves. Let the seeds splutter a bit. Reduce the heat and add the garlic and chopped jalapeno. Let it saute until the garlic is slightly golden. Add the onions and cook it all until the onions are soft and almost caramalized. Next add the veggies (bell peppers and peas) and cook that until they are bit tender. Next add the spices (cinnamon, black pepper) cil.antro and mint along with zest and lemon juice. Add the lentils and rice and stir to combine. Cover and let it all cook on low for atleast an hour. It should be on the absolutely lowest setting or if you have one of those oven proof pans (calphalon ones) you can place this in the oven at 300 degrees for an hour.
Serve with some raita - Yogurt, seasoned with some ground cumin powder, mustard powder, pinch of salt, pinch of sugar, black pepper, some chopped tomatoes, cumcumber and cilantro.
Note: You can also add boiled and shredded chicken or ground beef to this dish. It is extremely versatile and healthy.
All the best.