Mujaddara Recipe (Traditional Middle Eastern Rice)

A delicious traditional rice recipe from the Middle East

Madhuli Ajay
Mujaddara Recipe (Traditional Middle Eastern Rice)
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Mujaddara Recipe is a traditional Middle-Eastern rice dish that can also be made with cracked wheat or BUlgar wheat. In combination with lentils and the distinguishing element - the caramelised onions - this dish is also called the Medieval ‘poor man’s dish’ as it requires just a handful of simple ingredients. The only skill or patience that is required is to fry the onions. The onions should be sliced evenly and thinly and the rest comes together very simply. 

Serve Mujaddara along with Fattoush With Za'atar, Sumac and Pomegranate Molasses and spiced yogurt or Grilled Aubergines with Tzatziki for a weeknight dinner.

Other recipes that you can try are:

  1. Spinach Rice Recipe
  2. Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice
  3. Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe

 

 

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

180 M

Cooks in

45 M

Total in

225 M

Makes:

3 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rice , long grain, washed and drained
  • 1 cup Masoor Dal (Whole)
  • 3 Red onion , thinly but evenly sliced
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns , crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder , (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt , to taste
  • Pine nuts , or raisins for garnishing (optional)
  • Lemon juice , from one large lemon

How to make Mujaddara Recipe (Traditional Middle Eastern Rice)

  1. To begin making the Mujaddara, wash and soak the masoor/lentils in water for 3-4 hours.

  2. Drain and wash them once again, place them in a saucepan and cover with adequate water to cook them. Place the saucepan on the heat and allow them to cook till softened, al dente.

  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a wide flat bottom skillet. Add the onions to it and saute on a medium to low flame fry them till golden and crispy (this will take 20-25 minutes of gently sauteing).

  4. Drain the onions with a slotted spoon onto absorbent paper and set aside until later use.

  5. Retain 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet and take out the rest. Add the cooked lentils, spices, salt and half the onions to the oil in the skillet. Toss together to mix.

  6. Add the rice and toss once again. Add about 2-2 ½ cups water or vegetable stock (use leftover liquid from cooking the lentils, if any).

  7. Cook covered till the rice is just cooked, until the grains are soft to bite but grains remain separate and not mushy. Take the rice out in a serving plate and garnish with the rest of the fried onions and pine nuts.

  8. Drizzle lime juice, just before serving.

  9. Serve Mujaddara along with Fattoush With Za'atar, Sumac and Pomegranate Molasses and spiced yogurt or Grilled Aubergines with Tzatziki for a weeknight dinner.

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