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Mujadarah

Lentils, rice, and caramelized onions
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dried brown lentils (rinsed, small stones or debris removed)
  • 4 cups water – divided (chicken, lamb or beef stock can be substituted for non-vegetarians - divided)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 large onions ( thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley (chopped)

Instructions
 

Directions for cooking Lentils:

  • In a saucepan, add the lentils, 2 cups of the water or stock, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil; cook about 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan, and cook about 25-30 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Add more liquid, if necessary.
  • Remove from heat, drain excess liquid, if necessary. Set aside.

Rice preparation:

  • While lentils are cooking, start preparing the rice. In a second saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Add the rice and saute about 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 2 cups of water or stock, bringing it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and cook about 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Set aside.

Onion preparation:

  • While the rice is cooking, begin preparing the onions. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 3 Tbsp. of olive oil using a medium heat setting.
  • Saute the onions for about 8-10 minutes, or until they begin to tenderize and caramelize, turning a deep-golden brown.

To Assemble the Mujadareh:

  • In a mixing bowl, gently combine the lentils and rice. Arrange on a serving platter.
  • Spread the onions on top, and sprinkle with chopped parsley

Notes

OK, I know some of you are saying – TOO MUCH WORK. Well here’s a short-cut version.
Short-cut mujadarah
Serves 4-5
Ingredients:
1-15 oz can lentils, rinsed & drained
2 cups leftover, plain cooked rice – or instant rice
1 to 2 onions ( depends on how much onion you like), sliced and sauteed in olive oil until golden brown.
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parsley, chopped
Directions:
1. Combine the lentils and cooked rice,thoroughly heating them. Place on serving platter.
2. Top with sauteed onions.
3. Sprinkle with parsley.
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