Mjaddarah

Mjaddarah

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Arabesque
Serves
4-6
Photographer
William Meppem

Just about every country and region of the Middle East has its own lentil and rice dish. The Turks have their lentil pilafs, the Persians their addas polow and everywhere there are versions of mjaddarah (Lebanon and Syria), moudjendar (Cyprus) or megadarra (Egypt). It must be said that this homely dish doesn’t look very special – just a brown sort of mush. But it is fantastic comfort food – sweet and earthy, and topped with heaps of caramelised onions. It is a great home-cooked favourite in Lebanese and Syrian families, and is often eaten during Lent, or on Fridays and other meat-free days with a sharp lemony salad such as fattouche.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
80ml olive oil
1 medium brown onion, diced small
185g brown lentils
4 1/2 cups water
80g long-grain rice, washed well and drained
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 medium onions, sliced

Method

  1. Heat half the oil and sauté the diced onion until soft. Add the lentils and half the water, cover and cook for 15 minutes (or until lentils are just cooked). Add the rice, mix well and continue cooking for a further 15 minutes, stirring every now and then and gradually adding more of the water as it is absorbed.
  2. The dish is ready when lentils have broken down almost to a purée and the rice grains have swelled and almost burst – in fact, it looks rather like an unappetising khaki brown porridge! Add the cumin and stir well. Heat the remaining oil and cook the sliced onions over a low to medium heat for 5–8 minutes until they have caramelised.
  3. Serve the mjaddarah at room temperature garnished with the onions.
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Middle East
Middle Eastern
Arabic
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