On the Dinner Table @ Casa d’ Amado: Mujadara

12 Aug



Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite Lebanese dishes Mujadara taken from Epicurious.com.  I made lots of adjustments to according to what was available in our pantry.  I didn’t make the salad, made rice pilaf instead of brown rice, and simply served the lentils on top of the pilaf instead of mixing it into the rice.  I substituted olive oil with butter, and my spice blend consisted of:

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground alspice
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 star anise



  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onions chopped
  • 1Tbls ground cumin
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon ground all spice
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth or water.
  • 1 cup of lentils de puy
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 2 Large onions sliced
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • chopped fresh mint
  • ground sumac
  • ¼ cup of greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoon of thai chili paste


1. To make the hot sauce
2. Combine yogurt and chili paste, set aside
3. To make the lentils and rice
4. Cover the lentils with water and cook until tender.
5. In another pot sauté the chopped medium onion in 1 Tbls of olive oil until translucent then add the rice, cumin, cinnamon stick, all spice, tsp of and stock. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer until the rice is cooked through. Once the rice is finished mix the lentils in and keep warm
6. To make the crispy onion garnish.
7. Slice the 2 Large onions heat the remaining 3 tbls of olive oil in a sauté pan large enough to accommodate all the sliced onions adding a little salt as they saute. When the onions go in they should sizzle. Saute the onions on high heat stirring frequently until they turn brown then reduce the heat slightly and continue to cook until they have small dark spots and are crispy
8. To make the salad garnish
9. Combine lemon juice, cucumber, mint and ground sumac in a bowl
10. To serve- Spoon some mujudara on the plate then top with the crispy onions. Serve the salad and yogurt hot sauce on the side.

(Serves 4 to 6)

Download recipe.


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