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Mujadara (Lentils & Rice with Caramelized Onions)

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Total time: 1 Hour

Servings: 10

Mujadara is a classic Arabic recipe now enjoyed all over the Middle East featuring lentils and rice with caramelized onions, herbs, and yogurt.

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Ingredients

Directions

Nutrition

Ingredients

    3 quarts (3.5 L) water

    ¼ cup (60 mL) garlic, minced

    3 Tbsp (45 mL) cumin

    2 tsp (10 mL) salt

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) dried oregano

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) pepper, freshly ground

    2 ½ cups (625 mL) brown rice, rinsed well

    2 ½ cups (625 mL) whole red lentils, dry and rinsed well

    ½ cup (125 mL) extra virgin olive oil

    2 ½ cups (625 mL) yellow onions, halved and sliced thin

    2 ½ cups (625 mL) labneh or plain non-fat Greek yogurt

    ⅔ cup (150 mL) prepared pesto


Directions

  1. In a large heavy bottom rondeau, add water, garlic, cumin, salt, oregano, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium to high heat.
  2. Add rice, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add lentils and return the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for an additional 20 minutes until the water is absorbed and lentils are tender.
  4. While lentils are cooking, heat oil in a heavy bottomed skillet and add onions.
  5. Stir frequently and cook until onions are deeply caramelized and beginning to crisp. Remove from skillet and drain over a wire rack or on paper towel.
  6. When lentils and rice are done, fluff lightly with a fork and transfer to a large serving platter or individual bowls. Top with onions and serve labneh or Greek yogurt and pesto drizzled over the top.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 2 cups (500 mL)
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 410
  • Total Fat 21 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Carbohydrates 37 g
  • Dietary Fibre 8 g
  • Sugar 4 g
  • Protein 16 g
  • Sodium 670 mg
  • Potassium 197 mg
  • Folate 18 mcg