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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:02 PM
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our favorite low-cost, healthy side dish/light lunch - Mujadarrah (Middle Eastern cuisine)
we have a good local ME store that have great hot food options - but when we were pondering paying 5.00/lb for Mujadarrah (one of our addictions), we went seeking a way to make it ourselves....and it is so easy and inexpensive (depending upon how much you pay for good, large sweet onions).

AKA lentils and rice with fried onions.

6 tbsp olive oil
3 large sweet onions - peel, slice in half, then into thin slices of each half
1 1/4 cups green, brown or orange (red) lentils
3/4 cup brown long grain rice (we use brown basmati)
1 quart water
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper

In a large frying pan, put the oil - heat over medium, add the onions - saute on medium for 15-20 minutes or more - the big pan of onions will cook down considerably - you want them nice and golden brown.

In a large deep pot, put the lentils and water and salt - bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 min. Add the rice and black pepper, cover and simmer for another 15 min (rice should be done, most of the liquid gone - could take another 5-10 min).

Mix half of the sauteed, browned onions (they are amazingly sweet!) into the rice/lentil mixture - adjust to taste for salt and pepper.

Use the remaining onions to top the servings.

This is an amazing comfort food!
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:44 PM
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1. Lovely recipe!
I agree completely about the comfort food quality of rice and lentils.

I cook equal parts of rice, quinoa, and lentils, and store the mixture in the refrigerator. Then add some to soups or salads, or use it as a base and add different vegetables, seaweed, sauces, etc.

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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:55 PM
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2. There is a really good recipe for it in Frances Lappe's "Diet for a Small Planet"
I haven't made it in eons. Time to think about making a batch of it...
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:00 PM
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3. Sounds good. And a simple lunch, especially for a fall/winter meal.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 05:04 PM
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4. thanks- I love this dish when we go to the Mid-east
restaurants here-thanks for the recipe, since I've been meaning to look one up and then always forget. :D
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:41 PM
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5. Cut the recipe by a third, added paprika in with rice, made for lunch today. Simple, good stuff.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:51 PM
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6. Great! Nice touch with the paprika!
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