Soak the rice and lentils in a large pan of water for 30 minutes.
In a large nonstick saucepan melt
. Add the cumin and fry
for 20 seconds, or until the seeds have colored and their aroma
has been released. Stir in the onion
and cook until they are soft.
When the onion has cooked, add the chile, ginger, garlic, and salt and cook for a minute before adding the turmeric
, water, drained rice, and lentils. Bring the mixture to the boil briefly before lowering the heat and simmering gently until the rice and lentils are tender. This should take approximately 20 minutes. (If using brown rice
, follow the same method, cooking the rice and lentils for 40 minutes with a little additional water.)
Once the rice and lentils
are tender, stir in the garam masala
and freshly ground black pepper and serve.