Mujadara is a Middle Eastern side dish or can be a meal if served with salads. Enjoy
A healthy dish that has flavors coming from the stock, olive oil, and
Servings 4 people
- 1 cup long-grain rice wash and then soak for 15 minutes. Check note #2
- 1/2 cup green or brown lentils wash and then soak for 15 minutes.
- 1 cube chicken bouillon or vegetable bouillon check note #3
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Salt to taste
- 2 medium onions thinly sliced red or yellow
- ¼ cup olive oil check note #1
COOKING IN REGULAR PAN
In a saucepan, boil enough water to cover the brown lentils. Add the lentils and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Strain the lentils and set it aside.
Fry the onion in olive oil until brown. Keep aside.
In a medium pan, add 2 1/2 cup water and let it come to a boil. Add the previously cooked lentils, salt, and the /vegetable or chicken bouillon stir for one minute. If you are using stock, then add the 2 ½ cups of it to the pan and omit the vegetable or chicken bouillon.
Add the rice and ¾ of the previously fried onions along with the olive oil, let it boil for 20 seconds.
Reduce heat to the lowest, cover the pan properly, and let it cook for 15 minutes. Uncover, and gently fluff the rice using a fork or thin spatula.
When serving the mujadara, garnish with the remaining fried onion.
USING A PRESSURE COOKER
Fry the onion in olive oil until golden brown. Keep aside.
Add the drained rice and lentils to the pressure cooker. Add to it 2 ¼ cup water. If you are using stock, then use 2 ¼ cups of it instead of water and omit the bouillon the coming step.
Add the chicken or vegetable bouillon, salt, and ¾ of the fried onion.
Close the pressure cooker and place on the stove. Keep the heat on high. After the first whistle, turn off the heat and allow the pressure cooker to release the steam on its own. The steam might take up to 20 minutes to release naturally.
DO NOT OPEN THE PRESSURE COOKER IMMEDIATELY AFTER TURNING OF THE HEAT ALLOW THE PRESSURE COOKER TO RELEASE ALL THE STEAM
TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PRESSURE COOKER IS NOT HOLDING ANY STEAM INSIDE, GENTLY PULL UP THE WHISTLE WITHOUT PULLING IT OFF THE LID! If you see steam coming out when doing so, give the pressure cooker more time to release the steam.
1- When frying the onion in olive oil make sure not to use high heat or the olive oil will reach a smoking point. You can add a couple of tablespoons of canola oil or sunflower oil to the olive oil in the pan to avoid the olive oil from burning.
2- If you are using brown rice which takes longer time in cooking, then boil the lentils for 5 minutes instead of 11 minutes.
3- If you have chicken or vegetable stock, then omit the bouillon and the 2 ½ cups of water from the recipe and use 2 ½ cup stock instead.
4- Pay attention when frying the onions; it can turn from caramelized to burnt in a short time.