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Coconut Roasted Lentil Nourish Bowl

45 min


A cardamom spiced rice cooked in the creaminess of coconut milk. A hearty nourish bowl that can be loaded with your favourite veggies. Fresh, crisp, wholesome, delicious.



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Coconut cardamom rice

  • 1½ cups (278 g)
    uncooked brown rice, soaked overnight*
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned light coconut milk
  • 6
    cardamom pods, cracked (optional)
  • 1
    vegetable bouillon cube

Roasted toppings

  • 1
    medium broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1
    medium red onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2
    parsnips, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1½ cups (297 g)
    cooked brown lentils
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    onion powder
  • ½ tsp
  • ½ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp
    cayenne pepper

Tahini sambal sauce

Optional fresh toppings

  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime slices
  • medium carrot
  • red bell pepper
  • roasted almonds
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  1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
  2. To a medium pot on high heat, combine the rice, coconut milk, cardamom pods, and crush in the bouillon cube. Stir, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and cook uncovered until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed, which will take about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff the rice, remove the cardamom pods, cover with a lid, and let sit.
  3. To a parchment-lined baking tray, add the broccoli, onion, parsnip, lentils, oil, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Toss together, and spread out evenly.
  4. Bake in the centre rack of the oven for 20 minutes, stopping to stir once halfway.
  5. Prepare the sauce by combining the tahini, water, sambal, lime juice, soy sauce, agave syrup, and onion powder in a mason jar. Shake or stir to combine into a smooth sauce.
  6. To assemble, layer rice on the bottom of your plate or bowl. Top with a generous heap of roasted vegetables and lentils. Add some fresh cut up veggies of your choosing, sprinkle on some roasted almonds and some fresh cilantro. Drizzle the tahini sambal sauce on top, and enjoy!


  • * If unable to soak the rice overnight, cook according to the package instructions, as more water will need to be needed to cook the rice in. Keep in mind we are also cooking the rice in coconut milk, so subtract this from the amount of water listed on the package directions.


  • Store the sauce and remaining ingredient separately. Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Grains & Starches 35%

uncooked brown rice

Proteins 17%

cooked brown lentils


Fruits & Veggies 48%

medium broccoli

medium red onion



No significant sources of calcium

canned light coconut milk

olive oil


Nutrition info

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Michi - Jan. 6, 2022, 6:05 p.m.

One of our favourite dinners at the moment. And so versatile as I can roast whatever veggies I have to use up.

PUL Team - Jan. 6, 2022, 10:14 p.m.

A huge compliment, Michi - thank you! 😃

Meg - July 25, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

This was the first dish I tried from PUL and it got me hooked right away. The amazing thing about this nourish bowl (and really any of the nourish bowls) is that you can really use any veggies you have on hand and it'll be great. This tahini sambal sauce is KILLER! If you haven't tried this dish yet, I highly recommend you do! Another one of our favorites is the Golden Tempeh Nourish Bowl (we always sub the tempeh for tofu or chicken, as we aren't vegetarian...yet!), and the sauce is delicious.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 5:17 p.m.

Oh, Meg, we are SO grateful to have you in the PUL family! Thanks a bunch for sharing 🥰

Lia - July 15, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

The tahini sambal sauce is 😍😍😍

Ellie - July 11, 2021, 12:01 a.m.

I’m always looking for inspiration when make nourish bowls. This one doesn’t disappoint!

Céline - July 10, 2021, 11:33 p.m.

Yes, this recipe is good! I don't always make the special rice with coconut milk and cardamon. The recipe also works with normal cooked rice. The tahini sambal sauce makes it for me.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:34 a.m.

We appreciate the insight so much, Céline, so glad you're enjoying the nourish bowl 😃

Stefie - June 26, 2021, 6:39 p.m.

Just made this and oh my gosh!!!
Sadia's recipe never fail me.

Thank you so much for the recipe, PUL!

PUL Team - June 27, 2021, 2:32 a.m.

Thank YOU, Stefie, for the incredible review!

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:02 p.m.

This recipe is OMG! It's among my top favorite PUL recipes! I added grilled shiitake mushrooms and it was devine!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:35 p.m.

Grilled shiitake mushrooms are a wonderful idea, Cris! Thank for taking the time to share this with us 🤗

Gabe - May 12, 2021, 2:12 a.m.

Thank you Sadia, can't tell you how much I appreciate you and your work, and all you give to us ! Your recipes, videos, articles, old and new website, everything is wow 😍
I really love this nourish bowl and I come back to it a lot, it's hearty, tasty and easy to make, perfect as it is <3

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 5:50 a.m.

You are too sweet, Gabe! We appreciate your kind words and support so much. Thank you for helping make our PUL family so special 🥰

Yelena - May 5, 2021, 2:37 p.m.

Delicious and earthy recipe, also quite easy. I found that cooking with coconut milk in a rice cooker is a challenge (the bottom gets quite brown), so the pot may be the best way to go. Also, it ends up much heavier than it looks, perhaps due to the fat in the milk, so small portions are best!

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 5:48 a.m.

Thank you for sharing, Yelena! Diluting coconut milk with water may help with the rice cooker browning, but indeed the pot is a good way to go 😊

Erin - April 17, 2021, 1:15 p.m.

have made this twice and tonight was my third time, it is so delicious! The sweetness and spicy undertones of the sauce are so yummy! Works really well with the roasted veg and coconut rice.

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:57 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Erin, and are so happy you're enjoying the nourish bowl :D

Ulrike - April 14, 2021, 2:17 p.m.

That sauce is heavenly :D Thanks you guys!

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

So happy to hear, Ulrike! Thank you 🤩

Anna - April 8, 2021, 7:55 p.m.

My new favourite dish ever!

PUL Team - April 9, 2021, 12:47 a.m.

So happy you enjoyed the nourish bowl, Anna!