Mjedara:Lebanese lentils and rice

Found this in a newspaper a few years ago and I just love it.

Mjedara (Lebanese lentils and rice)

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) brown or green lentils, rinsed
3 cups (750 mL) water
1 1/4 cups (300 mL) short-grain rice
(I use calrose and some people use arborio rice)
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
1 small onion, chopped

In a medium saucepan, conbine lentils and water and bring to a boil over medium-
high heat. Add rice and lower heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring
occasionally so the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Meanwhile, heat
oil in heavy frying pan and cook onions until soft but not browned. Add onion
mixture to the lentil mixture and simmer, uncovered, untill all water has been
absorbed and rice and lentils are tender, about 5 mintues. Add more water if mixture
dries out before rice and lentils are tender.

(Cumin is sometimes added, about half a teaspoon (2mL) for this quantity.

Serve with a Lebanese cucumber and tomato salad (I don't have the recipe for


1 comment:

mummao2 said...

You would'nt think that lentils and rice would be so tasty! This is a great dish, my whole family loved it. Thank you so much!!!
The recipe for the salad is 3 diced tomotoes, 4 chopped leb cucumbers, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 diced white onion, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 table spoons olive oil and salt to taste. The salad and Mjedara tastes fab together!!!!

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