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Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice ("Mujaddara") :rectnt *PIC*

Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice ("Mujaddara")

This is my (quite successful) attempt to copy my husband's favorite dish from a local restaurant, Alladdin's Eatery, which features Mediterranean dishes (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), made with wonderfully fresh, whole ingredients. I can't say that I have EVER heard my husband make so many positive exclamations over ANY restaurant food in all the years we've been married. (Of course, you have to understand, he LOVES lentils, and THESE were extraordinarily good)! BTW, I have made a versions of Mujaddara since long before I was married, but this recipe tops them all! -LuAnn

Here's a bit of history on the ancient dish, from Wikipedia: The first recorded recipe for mujaddara appears in Kitab al-Tabikh, a cookbook compiled in 1226 by al-Baghdadi in Iraq. Containing rice, lentils, and meat, it was served this way during celebrations. Without meat, it was a medieval Arab dish commonly consumed by the poor, reputed to be a derivative of the "mess of pottage" Jacob used to buy Esau's birthright. A saying in the Eastern Arab world perhaps inspired by the Biblical story is, "A hungry man would be willing to sell his soul for a dish of mujaddara."

Ingredients:

Lentils:
3 cups uncooked lentils
6+ cups water
2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons ground cumin
3 Tablespoons garlic powder

Rice:
2 1/4 cups brown rice
4 1/2 cups water (approx.).
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Caramelized Onions:
1/2 cup olive oil
6 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced

Accompaniments:
Lebanese Salad (Salata)*
Unsweetened Greek yogurt (or vegan sour cream with fresh lemon juice stirred in)
Whole grain pita wedges, warmed and lightly toasted in an olive-oil coated skillet

Instructions:

In a large kettle, combine the lentils, water, 2 teaspoons salt, cumin and garlic powder; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the lentils are soft, but not disintegrating, about 45 minutes stirring occasionally. (If the lentils cook dry before becoming soft, add more water).

In a medium kettle, combine the rice, water, 2 Tablespoons oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. (If the rice cooks dry before becoming soft, add more water).

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1/2 cup oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until browned, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the onions are browned and the lentils and rice are well-cooked, transfer the rice to the large kettle with the lentils, then stir gently until well-mixed. Spoon into a large bowl. Top with the caramelized onions.

Spoon Lebanese Salad (Salata) into the center, or serve as a side dish. Also serve with Greek yogurt, if desired.


*I don't yet have a tried and true recipe for the Lebanese Salata to post, so am not including that at this time. The lentils and rice are is delicious, even without it. The salad is described by Alladin's Eatery as: Chopped tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, scallions, parsley, onion, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and herbs.

VERY loosely adapted by LuAnn Bermeo, author of Amazing Meals I and II, from allrecipes.com, which was basically just a starting point for my recipe.

Photo from Alladin's Eatery, see http://www.aladdinseatery.com.

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