"This is a fantastic lentil dish. In my quest to find healthier food that my family liked and would actually eat, I decided to try this recipe. It was demonstrated on T.V. by Ali Sabbah from the Mazza Cafe, a Jewish restaurant, in Salt Lake City. My family just ate this up, even my picky five year old boy. I had to post it before I lost the recipe."
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  • Mix the seasoning ingredients together.(salt, cinnamon,black pepper, paprika, all-spice,cumin)Set aside.
  • In a heavy pot, fry the onions on med-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. (Do not skip this step, it adds greatly to the flavor, you can however, cut out some of the olive oil, but I wouldn't cut out more than half.).
  • Remove onions with a slotted spoon, and set them aside, leaving the oil in the pot.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic and seasoning mixture. Stir for 2 minutes. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Add the water and bring it to a boil, then add the lentils, stir gently and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the rice, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat let sit for five minutes,remove the lid and stir in the onions.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Wow, this is excellent; my DH and I really enjoyed the flavors. Great mix of spices. I did add 1 1/2 cups of frozen peas at the end for a bit of color. For two of us I halved the recipe and still had leftovers. I have a niece who is a strict Vegan and this will be perfect for her. It took about 45 minutes for the onions to caramelize, but well worth the time. Next time i make this I will halve the onion rounds, so they are easier to eat. Thank you bluesagegirl.
  2. A really nice and easy recipe, I used red lentils will try with green next time
  3. After tasting the most awesome Mujadarra at Kalustyan's in Manhattan, I've been wanting to try making it at home for a while now. I finally got around to it today and very happy I did. I only had 1 cup of lentils (the brown variety) so I scaled down the recipe a bit. Last night I washed and soaked the lentils and 3/4 cup rice separately. Also, I couldn't bring myself to use 3/4 cup of oil to fry the onions, so I used a nonstick pan with 1 tsp butter and 1 tbsp oil. The onion wasn't crispy but it was caramelized with crispy edges and delicious. I needed just over 3 cups of water. Next time I might dice the onions so that they distribute more evenly and perhaps increase the ratio of rice to lentils. I served this with a spicy chicken curry. Thank you, bluesagegirl, for posting this wonderful recipe!
  4. I thought this recipe was wonderful! The spices were well balanced. I served it with a garlicky yougurt sauce. The next time I make this dish, I will probably make a lot more of the crispy onions as they really make this and there never seems to be enough. Highly recommended healthy food.
  5. Turned out great. Perfect for a cold/rainy day and hearty enough to be a main course if you wanted it to be. I was annoyed when I discovered (after I had started making it) that I was out of fresh garlic. I substituted a teaspoon of dried minced garlic and it turned out fine. I also used brown rice. I think lentils are underutilized. High in my two favorites: protein and fiber…and they cook up so tasty! Thanks for sharing!


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