Mujarda (Muh-jah-druh) is a middle eastern dish that is tasty, filling, and easy to make. It travels nicely in a lunch, and is enjoyable served warm or cold. Lentils are the main ingredient of mujadra, and are a great source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, important minerals, B-vitamins, protein (17g/cup), and have very little fat (.75g.cup). This nutrient-packed legume serves as a great staple in any vegan or plant-based diet. At just 230 calories/cup, lentils help prevent heart disease, stabilize blood sugar, and replenish iron levels. Win, win, win!
I almost always double this recipe… it’s one of our favorites, and we tend to go through it quickly! Mujadra takes a little over an hour to make start to finish. I like to eat it by itself, but if you’re looking to bulk it up, throw some hummus in a tortilla and fill the shell up with mujadra… top with some Mediterranean pickles and wa-lah! A wrap that will leave you satisfied and smiling.
1 cup dried green lentils
3/4 cups brown rice
1/4 olive oil
1 sliced sweet onion
3 cups water
a few squeezes of lemon juice (optional)
salt, pepper, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, & any other spices you like!
- Add lentils to a pot and cover with an inch or so of water. Bring to boil, then let simmer for 20 minutes. When finished, strain, and set aside.
- While the lentils boil, heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, then add onions. Sprinkle seasonings into onions as they cook, the end result should be a browned, caramelized onion, and can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Stir often, keeping onions from burning to bottom of the pan. Add a splash more olive oil or some water if onions begin to stick.
- Once onions have caramelized, add the uncooked rice. Mix gently and watch for rice to brown, it should take 3-5 minutes, then quickly add 3 cups of water and your cooked lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Add another round of seasonings if needed.
*Note, I like to season throughout my cooking all the way through the end. If your recipe turns out bland, just go heavier handed on the seasonings*