Mediterranean Mujadarra

"A lovely lentil rice dish that is easy to make and delicious"
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  • Fry onion med heat in 3 T oil until soft and brown.
  • Add lentils, water and spices (not salt and pepper)and bring to boil and simmer covered 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Add salt and pepper and rice.
  • bring to boil and reduce to lowest simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  • Please note I use coffee mugs as my cups as I like big helpings.
  • Serve with slow fried slivered onions that are caramalised and eyptian tomato sauce ( can post if anyones interested) and olive oil drizzled over (makes huge difference) and jajik yogurt and cucumber salad.
  • Is really really delicious and have kids saying it is their favourite meal!

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  1. Really simple and tasty. I cut the salt down by about a third and it was just fine for my taste. I topped with a small bed of fresh baby spinach and drizzled some olive oil and fresh ground pepper on top. Thanks for sharing!
  2. A very good vegan meal! I used green lentils (for the first time), 1/2 tsp ground cumin following the lead of Shu Shu & sea salt. I served it with your Recipe #169113 & Balkan thick yogurt caramelized onions made with a little dark brown sugar in my cast iron frying pan and extra virgin olive oil drizzled over top. I would make this again if we are craving something vegetarian. Made for PAC Spring 2010.
  3. This is really wonderful! One of the best lentil/rice dishes we have had. Made exactly as written...with one exception. For us...1 tsp of salt was sufficient. Served it with your "recipe #169113", and carmelized onions. MMMM gooda! Thank your for sharing. Made for African Recipe Fun.
  4. Just like mama's (almost)! I reccomend extra cinnamon, allspice, and adding a bit of cumin. Oh, and extra onions! Definitely serve it with chopped tomatoes and cukes drizzled with olive oil.
  5. This was a lovely lentil push it to 5 stars, I think it's a must to serve it with heaps of caramelised onions, drizzled with good quality olive oil and the Egytpian Tomato Sauce <a href="/169113">Egytpian Tomato Sauce</a>. Thanks for sharing!


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