Indulge in the rich flavours rs of Middle Eastern cuisine with this wholesome and delectable recipe for Lentil Rice Mjadara. As a staple in Middle Eastern homes, lentils, much like hummus, are a healthy and protein-rich ingredient that adds a hearty and delicious flavour to any dish.
With brown lentils and basmati rice forming the core of this dish, it is elevated with the addition of crispy onions, yogurt, and a fresh herb salad. Seasoned with cumin and salt, the blend of flavours in this dish is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates. Lentil Rice Mjadara is a comforting classic that requires minimal prep work, making it an excellent option for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Get ready to savour the mouth-watering taste of Middle Eastern cuisine with this irresistible dish.
Additionally, lentils are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to salads and curries. They are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them a popular choice among vegetarians and vegans. Lentils are also packed with nutrients such as iron, folate, and potassium. With their mild and earthy flavour, lentils are a great addition to any meal, and this Lentil Rice Mjadara is no exception.
Wash the rice under cold water until the colour runs clear. Set aside.
Place the lentils into a medium saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover the lentils well. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, now add 1 teaspoon of cumin, and continue to cook until the lentils are tender but not mushy.
This will take approximately 15 minutes. Drain and reserve the liquid from the lentils and set aside.
Meanwhile, slice the two onions into 1 cm wedges and dice the remaining two onions.
Combine the onion wedges and ¾ cup of olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan and sauté on medium heat. Add a sprinkle of salt and cook until they turn dark caramel brown, stirring often. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
Set aside (keep in the frying pan) and reserve the oil as this will become your flavour for the remaining steps.
Using 3 tablespoons of the reserved olive oil, heat in a pot over medium heat. Add the rice and stir until well coated with the oil. Season with salt and pour in the reserved lentil stock. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until cooked stirring once or twice.
While the rice is cooking, begin frying the diced onions in the frying pan with the reserved oil. Fry until softened and lightly golden.
Once the rice is cooked, place the drained lentils on top, and combine. Add the sautéed onions along with any oils in the frying pan. Mix well.
Transfer the Lentil Rice Mjadara to a serving dish and top with caramelized onions. Serve hot and enjoy!