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!

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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.

Recipe

 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!

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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*

Enjoy!

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When caramelized onions have finished, add uncooked rice until it begins to brown. Add water, lentils, & seasonings and bring to boil. Reduce heat & simmer for 30 mins.

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Finished mujadra!

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