January 16, 2004


Maggie sent along the recipe for mjadra, a Lebanese lentil dish. Here it is in all its glory!



8 oz of lentils (1/2 bag)
1/4 cup rice
1 large onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon, allspice
water, oil


Boil the lentils with the cinnamon and allspice. Saute the onions in the
oil with the salt and pepper until very brown or carmelized. Add the
onions and the rice to the lentils, simmer until the rice is soft (at least
fifteen minutes).


You have to watch the lentils and continuously add water and stir so they
don't stick. All of the measurements are subject to your taste. I've used
one large onion to as little as 4 oz of lentils, my mother-in-law uses one
large onion to 16 oz of lentils. She uses a lot of oil to fry the onion, I
try to use as little oil as possible, but you have to really watch the
onions if you don't use much. You can vary the amount of rice you add
depending on how much rice you like in it or how far you want it to
stretch. I like to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup, I think my mother in law adds more
like 1/4 cup, James' aunt adds more like 1/2.

Posted by James at January 16, 2004 11:42 AM
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My friends mom adds lemon juice. Its delicious

Posted by: Steve at January 16, 2004 8:24 PM

Often we put fatoush on top, Lebanese salad dressed primarily with lemon juice.

You're right - lemon juice is great on and on many other Lebanese dishes. Especially if squeezed fresh from a quartered lemon.

Posted by: James at January 16, 2004 8:52 PM

Ahk the trackback double pinged again. Sorry about that.

The tangy lemon juice goes well with the sweet flavor of the fried onions.

Posted by: Steve at January 16, 2004 9:14 PM

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It's 12:43 and there's no mjadra in the house. I'm hungry!

Posted by: James at January 17, 2004 1:20 AM

I make the lentils and rice, then serve it on a platter with the onions spread around on the top. Also, provide lots of plain yogurt on the side, to be spooned on top and mixed in by those who want to.

Posted by: Yona at August 12, 2004 5:06 PM

Onions on top sounds great, Yona. So many good meals rely on onions.

Posted by: James at August 12, 2004 5:13 PM

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