Friday, July 15, 2011

Mujadara; Lentils, Rice and Carmelized Onions

Middle Eastern mujadara lentils and rice dish

Mujadara ( pronounced moo-ga -dara) is a delicious, yet simple, Middle Eastern entree made with  brown lentils, rice, and caramelized onions. I learned to make this tasty recipe from my mother in law who grew up in the Middle East. 

Naturally gluten free, it is a healthy meatless entree that is quick and easy to make. It is also a complete protein that is high in fiber, iron and other minerals. I served it to my family last week with a wedge of plain steamed red cabbage ( which was fabulous) and a generous splash of fresh lime.

You can use any kind of rice that you like: brown rice, white rice, or basmati. 
I used brown rice in this recipe.
It's all made in one pan and is quick and easy. For an extra treat, top it with plain Greek Yogurt.

1 cup brown lentils, cleaned and washed
1 and 1/2 cup rice
2 Tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil
2 onions, sliced and caramelized
2 tsp cumin (or more to taste)
4 and 1/2 cups water ( or vegetable broth)
optional: pinch of cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste.
1/2 cup chopped parsley to decorate

In a large dutch oven, saute the onions in oil on slow until they are reddish and caramelized. Add lentils and rice to the caramelized onions and allow to toast a little; stir or toss frequently for about 5 minutes Add cumin and water ( or broth if desired) bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer covered until rice and lentils are soft. ( about 1/2 hour) Add salt and pepper to taste and cinnamon if desired. ** NOTE: Add the salt after the lentils are soft; some say salt keeps the lentils hard.  Top with chopped parsley and a dollop of Greek Yogurt if desired.

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  1. I absolutely LOVE this!!! People forget that you can eat this well on a special diet! I think they only see the deprivation of what you can't eat, rather than seeing the breadth of the many fabulous foods still available to you ... :)

  2. Delicious!!!!!! Love your berry ice cream description too. Sounds amazing!

    1. The recipe is delicious and the berry ice cream is amazing..

  3. I love that touch of cinnamon in this dish.Thanks for sharing, Judee.

  4. My disloyal friend canceled our outing this afternoon to a renown Middle Eastern restaurant. I was so disappointed and soooo craving the cuisine, I made this. All I can say is I AM ALMOST GLAD SHE CANCELED! This is so delicious, so simple and healthy and yummy and different like all the recipes on your marvelous blog.

    And while I'm at it, let me also say how I'm enjoying the personal writing and essays you've been doing lately. It adds to the richness of the cuisine. Grin. And thanks.

    1. So glad that you enjoyed the authentic Middle Eastern recipe and my writing. This is one of my favorites as well.

  5. Yum!There's nothing like feasting on tasty Mujadara; Lentils, Rice and Carmelized Onions! Thanks for sharing this delectable recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I'm Pinning and sharing this!

    1. Deborah,
      I have to agree but not everyone has tasted it. Once you have, you are hooked


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