Mjadra

Mjadra is a very popular Middle Eastern dish, known as the dish of the poor as it’s filling, tasty, requires few ingredients and rich in iron, protein and fibre.

Wafaa Powell is a cookery teacher from Lebanon, and founder of Dancing Flavours, which runs bespoke cookery classes. Wafaa has also taught at the likes of Lucknam park and Vaughan's Kitchen & Cookery Schoolin Devizes

Yields4 Servings
 250g green lentils 1ltr water 200g long grain rice 3 medium onions sunflower oil
1

Rinse the lentils in a sieve under hot water. Bring the water to the boil, add the lentils and cook for 15 minutes. Then rinse the rice, add to the pan and mix.

2

Dice one onion, fry in 3 tbsp of oil until lightly golden. Set aside. 

3

Slice the other 2 onions lengthways, add to the frying pan with 2 more tbsp of oil and fry till golden and lightly crispy. Set aside.

4

When the rice is cooked, add the fried diced onion, pepper, salt and then stir.

5

When all the water has evaporated and the lentils and rice are cooked, put the contents of the pan into a serving dish and cover the top with the crispy onions.

6

Serve warm or cold with plain yoghurt and tomato salad.

Suggestion: you can do the same recipe replacing rice with bulgur wheat.

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Ingredients

 250g green lentils 1ltr water 200g long grain rice 3 medium onions sunflower oil

Directions

1

Rinse the lentils in a sieve under hot water. Bring the water to the boil, add the lentils and cook for 15 minutes. Then rinse the rice, add to the pan and mix.

2

Dice one onion, fry in 3 tbsp of oil until lightly golden. Set aside. 

3

Slice the other 2 onions lengthways, add to the frying pan with 2 more tbsp of oil and fry till golden and lightly crispy. Set aside.

4

When the rice is cooked, add the fried diced onion, pepper, salt and then stir.

5

When all the water has evaporated and the lentils and rice are cooked, put the contents of the pan into a serving dish and cover the top with the crispy onions.

6

Serve warm or cold with plain yoghurt and tomato salad.

Suggestion: you can do the same recipe replacing rice with bulgur wheat.

Mjadra