To Prepare the Basmati Rice with Cumin, Lentils, and Onion
Prepare the plain Basmati Rice, and set it aside for 20 minutes prior to folding in the cumin-lentil-onion mixture.
Meanwhile, place the lentils, water, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan over high heat, uncovered. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-high and cook uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain the lentils and set them aside, uncovered.
Preheat the olive oil in the same medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and ½ teaspoon salt, and sauté until the onions are tender. Add the raisins and cook them until they seem inflated. Then add the green onions, cumin, and drained lentils. Mix together for about a minute. Pour this mixture over the prepared rice, and gently fold it into the rice using a flexible spatula. Serve lightly warm or at room temperature.