Middle Eastern Mujaddara (Insanely Good Lentil and Rice dish with Caramelized Onions and Warm Spices)
Mujaddara is a common dish in the Arab world that consists of rice, lentils, onions and seasoned with cumin. There seems to be some different variations, but after making this several times in my own home, this recipe is where I have landed. This dish dates back to the 11th century. Rice & Lentils mixed with meat was a traditional celebratory meal.
For the record, I absolutely adore Mujaddara. I honestly crave it, and it has become something that I prepare often to have in the fridge for busy weeknight meals. I use brown rice and brown lentils seasoned with cumin, coriander, cinnamon and garlic. I fold in LOTS of caramelized onions, raisins, then top the dish with vegan sour cream or yogurt, crispy fried onions and chopped parsley, cilantro &/or mint. I also like to sprinkle chili flakes over the dish for a bit of heat.
I really like to serve this with chopped romaine lettuce. I don't typically even make a salad, I just have that along side, though I had some salsa verde (parsley, olive oil, chili flakes, garlic) kicking around in the fridge and I used that as a bit of a dressing on my romaine one night and it was extra special. (which makes sense because the ingredients work with the Mujaddara as well.)
Finally, the recipe is a bit wordy, but I want to explain my process well. Read it a couple of times. It's really simple, and once you make this dish a couple of times, it really becomes something you can whip up without much thought, and the results are amazing.
Serves 3 - 4
For the Fried Onions:
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