Dirty Rice


Vegetarian Dirty Rice is inspired by the traditional Creole meat based recipe(s). This meat-free version relies on lentils and kidney beans for protein and texture while leaning on onion, bell pepper, celery and spices to bring out savory, umami filled flavors.

Recipe Snapshot

Total Time

 1 h 15 min





Prep Time

20 min


Cook Time

55 min



– Put the lentils and rice on to cook.


– Saute the onions, celery and bell pepper until soft.


– To the onions, celery and bell pepper, stir in the spices, tomato paste and garlic.


– To the pan, stir in the reserved rice/lentil cooking liquid to deglaze the pan. Stir in the cooked kidney beans. Lid and simmer.


– To the saucy bean mixture, stir in the lentils and rice.


– Squeeze a bit of lemon over the finished recipe, stir, taste for salt and sprinkle chopped parsley and green onions or scallions over the top.

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