Mujaddara (lentils and rice) with Fried Onions and Spiced Yogurt
Servings Prep Time
4people 20minutes
Cook Time
60minutes
Servings Prep Time
4people 20minutes
Cook Time
60minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. First caramelize the onions in 2 or 3 batches. (If you have a large pan you may be able to get away with two batches) Using a large skillet on medium heat, add 1Tbsp. butter and 2Tbsp. olive oil. Once hot add about 1 onions worth of sliced onions. Cook on for at least 20-30 minutes and stir occasionally. If the pan appears to dry out add water, 1-2 Tablespoons at a time and stir. (The water will help to keep the onions from sticking to the pan.)
  2. When onions appear to get well browned, allow the excess liquid to evaporate. Once most is gone, increase heat to high and cook for another 2-3 minutes. The intent of raising the heat is to dry out and crisp the onions (so no more water at this point!) Don’t mix or the onions may not crisp nicely. Repeat steps 1-2 for the remaining batch of onions.
  3. While onions are cooking, cook lentils according to package directions but add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Once done, drain lentils and set aside.
  4. Once the onions and lentils are going, use a rice cooker or pot and cook rice according to package directions. Mix in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Once cooked, fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  5. Lastly, make the yogurt. Mix all ingredients under ‘yogurt’ in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Once the rice, lentils and onions have cooked, take about half of each and combine in a large pot. Mix thoroughly and heat on low with the cover on for 15 to 20 minutes. If your pot is big enough, you could combine everything together all at once.
  7. Serve with a big dollop of yogurt and sliced lemon wedges. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy !
Recipe Notes

Play with the olive oil butter ratio if you want something more rich or more healthy. Thinking back I also think it is possible to cut down the oil if you add a bit more water, but haven’t tried this myself yet. Next time I will try and update this post with my results 🙂