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Mujadara Recipe

Mujadara is a traditional Middle Eastern dish of rice and lentils cooked together and flavored with fried onions. It’s a simple, nutritious, and surprisingly delicious dish, perfect as a vegan entree. If you serve mujadara as a side dish, this recipe makes 10-12 servings.

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Recipe type: Entrees, Sides, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice, uncooked
  • 4½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1¼ cups dry lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 very large (10 oz each) onions, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place the rice, water, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, pepper and cumin in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil, stir, then cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the lentils. Increase the heat and bring back to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and cook over low heat for 30-45 more minutes, depending on your stove and the size/heaviness of your pot, until water has been absorbed and lentils are tender but not mushy. If water has been absorbed after 30 minutes (check the bottom of the pan) and lentils are still too firm, add ½ cup water, stir, cover and keep cooking.
  3. While lentils are cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until well-browned, 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. When lentils are done, remove from heat. Fluff with a fork. Stir in half the onion/olive oil mixture. Spoon onto plates and garnish with the remaining onions. Make sure you use every last bit of oil - use a spatula if you need to - this very simple dish is elevated into a delicacy thanks to the fried onions and olive oil.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 352; Fat: 14g; Carbohydrates: 45g; Sugar: 2g; Sodium: 377mg; Fiber: 11g; Protein: 11g

Mujadara Recipe

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