I kind of can’t believe I haven’t posted this yet.
You know me, I’m a huge lentil fan. Lentils are the best! I love all the varieties…green, black, red, French green…they are all awesome and all have their place in soups, salads, burgers, and curries.
But this simple dish is something that I love, and I somehow haven’t gotten around to posting it yet! It’s an easy Lebanese recipe for lentils and rice: mujadara.
It’s lentils and rice…but it somehow is more special than that. The onions really make this happen – you cook them for a long time until they are browned and some of them are a little crispy. Yes, it does take a while for them to get to that point, so be patient! And don’t turn the heat too high or you will just have burnt onions, and that’s no fun.
When cooking the onions I usually start out with medium high heat and then reduce it to medium after a little while. Stir the onions frequently so they don’t stick to the pan.
You can use any kind of long grain rice in this recipe – I used long grain white rice this time.
Mujadara (Lentils and Rice).
- 1 cup green lentils
- 3 -5 cups vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup long grain white rice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large onions sliced very thin - I used one white and one red
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Cook the rice according to package directions,
Pick over and rinse the lentils, then place in a pot with 3 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and cook until lentils are tender, about 30-35 minutes. Add more broth if the lentils start to dry out.
While the lentils and the rice are cooking, cook the onions. Place the onions and two tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet and cook over medium high heat. Stir often, and if they start to brown too quickly, reduce heat to medium. Cook until the onions are all browned and some of them are crisp. This could take about 40 minutes.
Once everything is cooked, add the rice and lentils to the onion skillet. Season with the sea salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir well and serve right away.
Lightly adapted from this recipe.
The best part is…this dish is naturally allergy friendly! Gluten free, nut free, vegan…it’s a great meal to serve when you have guests with food allergies. Just be sure to check the label on the vegetable broth. :)
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