In this Middle Eastern classic also known as Mujaddara, onions are caramelized until sweet and brown to season the green lentils and hearty brown rice. Cinnamon and cumin complement the caramelized onion to spice this traditional dish which won’t break the bank. This recipe comes to us from Anne of Apron Strings.
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups green lentils, rinsed and sorted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 large onions, sliced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- a sprinkle extra virgin olive oil, for serving
Place the rice in a saucepan over medium high heat with 2 cups of water and a dash of salt. Bring the rice to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 45-50 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Drain.
While the rice is cooking, cover the lentils with 2 inches of water in another pot over medium high heat. Bring the lentils to a boil and continue boiling for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through, but not yet mushy. Drain.
While the lentils and rice are cooking, place the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, stirring to make sure the slices have separated and are coated in oil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have caramelized.
When the rice, lentils and onions have completed cooking and caramelizing, toss them together in a large bowl. Season the rice, lentils and onions with the cumin, cinnamon, salt and black pepper to taste.
Divide the lentils and rice into 6 equal servings. Sprinkle each serving with the parsley and drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil and enjoy!