Mujadara is an inexpensive, nutritious and tasty meal that is great any time of the year. It can be made with bulgur or rice and every region has their version of how to make it. The main ingredients are brown lentils, rice and onions.
I remember my mom making this dish often when I was a child and it wasn’t my favourite meal. But since she said it was good for me and really left me no choice but to eat it, I did. Haha. I learned to appreciate the health benefits of this dish and make it often now for my children!
It’s great served with a lemony based salad such as Fattoush. Plain yogurt on the side with pickled turnips and pickles complete the meal perfectly.
2 cups brown lentils
1 cup basmati rice
5 1/2 cups water
2 onions, diced
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp salt (more or less to your liking)
2 tbsp olive oil
In a pot sauté onion with olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
Add lentils and water.
Bring to a boil then reduce temperature to medium-low and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Add rice, salt & cumin.
Stir and cover until rice is cooked - about 10-15 minutes.
Fluff with fork.
Serve with salad or plain yogurt.