Photo: Mujaddhra (Lentils, Rice & Onions)

Mujaddhra (Lentils, Rice & Onions)

Mujaddara is a classic, wholesome dish relying on the savory flavor of properly caramelized onions. Take the time to cook them well and the dish will be a burst of sweet and savory flavors.

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5-6 Servings

Updated: Mon, 05/13/2019 - 8:51pm

Ingredients

  • 1 cup French Green lentils
  • 3 cups water + 1 ½ cups more
  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • Pinch brown sugar

Spiced Tahini Yogurt Sauce

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup unsweetened yogurt of choice
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin and coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Rinse lentils and add to a saucepan with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain off most water, and a few pinches of salt, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, add rice, salt and 1½ cups water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, or until soft. Fluff and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large cast iron or non-stick skillet, warm 2 Tablespoons olive oil over low heat. Add onions and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When onions are very soft and brown, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Remove from heat and stir into lentils. Add rice and toss to combine.
  4. To make the Spiced Tahini Yogurt Sauce: Whisk all ingredients together and serve alongside Mujaddara. Enjoy!