Iftar Meals: Mujadara
April 20, 2020
Mujadara originates from the Middle East where it is a simple lentils and rice recipe made with caramelised onions. With only three ingredients to make this simple vegan, protein-rich meal, the Mujadara is an inexpensive, delicious, and nutritious recipe to try at home.
2.5 cups of green or brown lentils
1 cup of rice
1 teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons olive oil divided
5 chopped onions
1 sliced onion
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
Rinse lentils, strain and place in a large pot with 5 cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer and cook until the lentils are tender for about 15 minutes.
Rinse the rice, then transfer to the pot of lentils and season with salt. Add 2 cups water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the rice is tender for about 15 minutes.
In a separate large pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat and fry the chopped onions until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer on top of the lentils and rice mixture, add cumin and toss to combine.
In the same large pan used to cook the onions, heat the remaining olive oil on medium heat and fry the sliced onions until they are golden brown and caramelised for about 15 minutes. In the last couple minutes of frying the onions, you can turn up the heat to high to get a crispy texture.
Serve the caramelised onions on top of the Mujadara with yogurt and mint if you like.
Use the right type of lentils. This recipe will work well with most green and brown lentils but do not use red or orange lentils. Their texture is softer and will turn mushy.
The lentils may vary in cooking time depending on the type of lentils you use so always refer to the package instructions and cook them al dente first, because they will also continue cooking with the rice.
You can chop the onions in advance up to a day before and even caramelize the sliced onions beforehand in order to reduce the prep time.