Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Moujaddara - Rice with lentils

One of my friend who is originally from Israel, took us to Wallah, a middle-eastern restaurant in St Kilda. They have some interesting middle-eastern cuisine which I have never tried before, one which I like a lot is Moujaddarra (initially I had difficulty saying the name, but now it comes naturally). This dish has very nice texture (between fluffy rice and biting lentils) and it is so fragrant with the spices and caramelised onions. And it is absolutely nutritious.

The next day, I had a go at cooking the dish, and I am hooked.


1 cup of Brown lentils, rinsed
1 1/2 cups of Basmati Rice, rinsed
3 to 3 1/2 cups of Water
4 Onions, sliced
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/4 tsp Mixed Spices
1/2 cup Olive Oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Serves 4

  • Put lentils in a deep pan, bring it to boil for a few seconds. Then lower the fire to simmer for 20 mins.
  • Add salt, pepper, cumin, mixed spices, rice, let it simmer (covered) for another 20 mins.
  • While the rice and lentils is cooking, heat the olive oil in a sauce pan. Fry the onions until caramelised (be careful not to burn the onions). Remove the onions using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add the oil that was used for the onions to the rice and lentils, stir gently in.
  • Scoop the rice and lentils out to a serving dish and garnish with the caramelised onions
Serve hot or cold with yoghurt.

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