After having Mujadara many times at local Middle Eastern, particularly Lebanese, restaurants my husband set off to learn how to make it himself. It has since become one of our go to dinners. It’s simple, easy and transports you to a far off land in one taste of this dish. I can feel the heat, smells the scents of spice markets and hear the sounds of people walking around throughout these lands that filter through with each bite.
What you need
1 Cup Lentils
1 Cup Rice
3 1/2 Cups Water
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
How to put it together
Slice the onions. The onions should be sliced long, so they look like a rainbow versus diced into small pieces.
Heat pot on med-high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil and 1/2 an onion. Cook until onion is caramelized.
Add lentils, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, add rice and 1 Teaspoon Cumin. Cover and simmer for additional 20 minutes.
Heat a frying pan over med-high heat. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil and remaining onions. Cook until fully caramelized and blackened.
Also, he used green lentils & yellow onions for this dish.
We usually serve our Mujadara with hummus & pita. Let me tell you it goes fast. And it is a great meal to have when you are looking for something meatless, easy, and delicious.
Are the any Middle Eastern or Lebanese dishes that you enjoy?