Levantine Mujaddara

Mujaddara is a popular dish throughout Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan. It can be made with groats, wheat or rice and its two variants include yellow mujaddara (red lentils) or brown mujaddara (green lentils).

Serves 4

What you need:

1 cup lentils, uncooked
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups white rice
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp five spice powder
6 tbsp vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
fresh parsley

In a deep pan, add the lentils and the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for around 20 minutes and then add the rice and the spices. Simmer for another 20 minutes. You may need to add more water depending on how fast it evaporates. Taste the rice while cooking and add more water if necessary. In a separate pan, fry the onions in the vegetable oil until the onion becomes brown. Serve the mujaddara and garnish with the fried onions and a pinch of fresh parsley.


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