Mjadra - Lentils and Rice

Mjadra - Lentils and Rice created by Baby Kato

This is a typical Middle Eastern recipe given to me by my niece. Her in-laws, who are from the Middle East, gave this recipe to her and it has become a staple in their home. I think it's fantastic, too. It could work as a vegetarian main dish, a side dish or lunch. It is traditionally served with a salad made of the following: chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped green pepper, lemon juice and salt. I like to mix the mjadra right in with the salad. Yum!

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40mins
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ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup rinsed lentils
  • 1 cup uncooked rice (I use brown rice)
  • 1 medium onion, julienned
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

directions

  • Combine water and lentils and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Add rice to the boiling water, keeping the lentils in the pot, and boil for 15 minutes - until the rice starts to bubble at the top. Stir occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, saute strips of onion in olive oil and add to rice and lentils.
  • Stir in salt and pepper, to taste. You definitely will need the salt and pepper. You may need to experiment with the amount.
  • Simmer this mixture for about another 5 minutes.
  • Eat as is or serve with a salad (as described in the intro.).
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"This is a typical Middle Eastern recipe given to me by my niece. Her in-laws, who are from the Middle East, gave this recipe to her and it has become a staple in their home. I think it's fantastic, too. It could work as a vegetarian main dish, a side dish or lunch. It is traditionally served with a salad made of the following: chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped green pepper, lemon juice and salt. I like to mix the mjadra right in with the salad. Yum!"

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  1. tenebris4319genius
    I believe this is the recipe for "mdardara" and not "mjadra" - the key difference is mjadra needs to go through a food mill (or blender) after cooking... and you use way less rice.
  2. Baby Kato
    Mjadra - Lentils and Rice Created by Baby Kato
  3. Baby Kato
    Mjadra - Lentils and Rice Created by Baby Kato
  4. Baby Kato
    Wow, the rice was wonderful. The lentils were tender and delicious. We enjoyed the dish prepared this way. Quick and easy to make, it was a wonderful side. Thank you for sharing a lentil and rice recipe that I will make again. It was so good. Made for Down Home Cooking Tag Game.
  5. PaulaG
    This is a wonderful way to fix lentils and rice. I used short grain brown rice and brown lentils. The water was reduced to 6 cups with the rice being added first. After the rice cooked for 15 minutes the rinsed lentils were then added and cooked an additional 30 minutes. The recipe was dressed up a bit with some fresh garlic. It was a little bland and the first night we topped it off with sriracha hot chili sauce which was okay. Leftovers were warmed and feta cheese crumbled over the top. The feta cheese added just the right flavor for us. Made for Aussie Swap.
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