Mujadara is a very traditional Lebanese/Middle Eastern dish, cooked and spelled differently, depending on which part of the Middle East you are. Let's list some of these different names: mujaddara, mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra. Pretty cool names :)

Mujadara

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Mujadara is a very traditional Lebanese/Middle Eastern dish, cooked and spelled differently, depending on which part of the Middle East you are. Let’s list some of these different names: mujaddara, mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra. Pretty cool names 🙂

Mujadara is a very traditional Lebanese/Middle Eastern dish, cooked and spelled differently, depending on which part of the Middle East you are. Let's list some of these different names: mujaddara, mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra. Pretty cool names :)

 

I could not come up with an English translation for Mujadara. Some people have translated it by listing the main ingredients, but that does not do this dish justice!

With this four ingredients recipe: Lentils, rice, onions and salt; you can make a very simple and healthy vegan meal. Growing up, I never really appreciated Mujadara, but thankfully I have smarter taste buds these days. 

With this four ingredients recipe: Lentils, rice, onions and salt; you can make a very simple and healthy vegan meal. Mujadara! Growing up, I never really appreciated Mujadara, but thankfully I have smarter taste buds these days. 

 

 

Now let’s get to the point. How do you make Mujarada?

Mujadara is a very traditional Lebanese/Middle Eastern dish, cooked and spelled differently, depending on which part of the Middle East you are. Let's list some of these different names: mujaddara, mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra. Pretty cool names :)

Mujadara

Yield: 3 plates
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

With this four ingredients recipe: Lentils, rice, onions and salt; you can make a very simple and healthy vegan meal. Mujadara!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. In large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil for a few minutes. You know your oil is ready when you add a piece of onion and it sizzles on contact.
    2. Add onions and stir well to coat all pieces with oil.
    3. Stir frequently until onions are caramelized, crisp at the edges and starting to turn deep golden brown - about 15 minutes. Don't be scared if you see onions turning brown because that's where all the flavor come in! Caramelized onions for authentic Lebanese Mujadara Recipe
    4. Transfer caramelized onions to a different plate and set aside.
    5. In the same skillet you used for onions, over high heat add lentils and warm water.
    6. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender - This will take about 25- 30 minutes. 
    7. Add rice and the cooked onions to the lentils. Stir well.
    8. Cover the pot and bring mixture back to a boil.
    9. Reduce heat to low, keep pot covered, and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice and lentils are both cooked through - about 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to bottom of skillet.
    10. Transfer Mujadara to serving plates immediately while still hot.
    11. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature with your favorite salad and pita bread.
    12. Enjoy!

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Mujadara is a very traditional Lebanese/Middle Eastern dish, cooked and spelled differently, depending on which part of the Middle East you are. Let's list some of these different names: mujaddara, mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra. Pretty cool names :)

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Green beans with tomatoes or Loubia B'Zeit, is a very popular Middle Eastern side dish. In this dish,  green beans and ripe tomato sauce are braised in olive oil and tomato sauce with onions and garlic until tender Spinach pies are one of my favorite Lebanese snacks. I could eat them everyday! Spinach pies, or Fatayer bl Sabanekh, is a popular breakfast dish or side/appetizer dish in Lebanon. Spinach pies make a perfect portable snack, you can pack them in your kid’s lunch box or eat them on the go.

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