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Rice and Lentil Pilaf (Mujadhra)

on Monday, 16 December 2013. Posted in Vegetable & Side Dishes, Pasta & Grains, Recipes

We don't pretend to know much about Lebanese cooking...but we do know a thing or two about Mujadrah. This simple dish is a staple of Lebanese cuisine and we can't get enough of this simple pilaf. And when paired together, rice and lentils form a complete protein.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup rice (it's not the traditional basmati, but we love the super-aromatic Creole Rose Rice)

Directions

In a saute pan with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in the lentils and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover - cook for about 10 minutes. Stir in the rice and cover again - cook until both the rice and lentils are tender and the liquid is absorbed, another 10 - 15 minutes.

This is traditionally served topped with yogurt and fried onions. To make the fried onions, saute sliced onions in vegetable oil over high heat for 10 minutes or until well-caramelized, almost burnt.