Mujadara


Muajadara

(A Lebanese Rice & lentil dish)

Mujadara is a one pot meal, made with just three ingredients, onions, rice & whole green/brown lentils.  Olive oil, pepper powder and salt are the other necessary ingredients.  Having stayed over 45 years in Kuwait, it is just natural that I have learnt to cook some of their cuisine. 

This dish however is one I tried recently and instantly took a liking to it, not only because it is so simple and easy but turns out delicious, with very little spices and the brown onions taking it to another level!

Serve it with sour cream or yogurt.  If you wish to add the Indian touch, make a dahi curry or raita instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole Green lentils (full masoor)
  • 1 ¼ cups rice
  • 4 large onions
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 ½ cups water

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak for 15 mns. to half hour.
  2. Pick and wash the lentils and cook in 4 1/2 cups water. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the sliced onions.
  4. The onions need to be fried golden brown so will take a while. 
  5. When the lentils are cooked, add the salt, mix and add the drained rice, pepper and half the onions (doesn’t matter if they are not browned yet).
  6. Add a cup of hot water (as most of the water would have been absorbed by the lentils), mix, cover and cook on medium low till done.
  7. Continue frying the remaining onions to a golden brown. 
  8. After 10 minutes check the rice & seasoning.  If the water is dried and rice is still uncooked, add a cup of hot water over the rice, cover and leave to cook till done. 
  9. Serve hot, garnished with the remaining fried onions and top with mint or coriander leaves if you wish. 
  10. As an accompaniment, serve sour cream or yogurt

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