Mejadra (or Mujadara)
Mejadra (sometimes spelled mujadara) is a popular dish across the Arab world and the Middle East in general. This delicious mix of rice, lentils, fried onion and extra goodies of your choosing works perfectly as a main dish, or as a hearty side to a lighter meal. It is also completely vegan, and can be served with a yogurt dip for those looking for a creamy touch.
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1 cup black lentils
2 cups basmati rice
2-3 large onions
4 cups water
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. cumin
3 tbsp. chopped parsley
Wash and soak the lentils for 40-60 minutes in room temperature water. Wash the rice.
Cut the onions into 1⁄4-inch thick half moon slices, and caramelize in a non-stick pan without oil for about 20 minutes until brown, stirring every 2-3 min. When brown, add 2 tbsp. of oil and the sugar.
Stir the onion mixture for another 5 minutes.
In a pot, combine the washed rice, drained lentils, water, salt, 2 tablespoons of oil and cumin. Mix and bring to a boil. Cover and move to low heat for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and keep the lid on for 5-10 minutes.
Fluff the rice gently with a fork and transfer into a large bowl.
Mix in the onions and top with parsley.
Photo credit: Arba Onot