This superfood goes beyond having health benefits to amaze you with its delicious taste. It’s only rice and lentils but surprisingly it is so tasty. Another vegan Lebanese traditional dish, fast and easy, to enjoy during lent season and all the time.
To prepare this dish you will need:(4 servings)
- 1 cup brown lentil, rinsed
- 3/4 cup rice soaked for 10 minutes and drained
- 2 medium onion coarsely chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 5 cups of water
- salt to taste
- 4-5 onions cut a la julienne and fried for garnish
Boil the lentil in 3 cups of water until tender, but firm. Set aside.
Cook the onion in olive oil, until tender and fragrant, add the rice with 2 cups of water and cook. Add the lentils in the last 5 minutes to cook all together. Add salt to your taste.
Fry 4-5 medium onion cut a la julienne until caramelized to top the mdardara before serving. I believe this caramelized onion takes the dish to the next level and adds the deep flavor that makes the difference!
The best way to eat mdardara is with Lebanese bread, as you may know it’s a staple on every Lebanese table; we eat bread with almost everything. Serve it with a green salad or vegetables such as radish, tomato, cucumber, spring onion… Some people serve it with yogurt.
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We make this.rice lentil in Egypt, and we call it (Koshary). Yet, we must use cumin or curry powder to mix with the rice/lentils. At the end we top it with vinegar and hot sauce under the caramilzed onion.
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Jaymmy I have a question about onions. First it says, “Cook the onion in olive oil, until tender and fragrant, add the rice with 2 cups of water and cook.” But later on it says, “Fry 4-5 medium onion cut a la julienne until caramelized to top the mdardara before serving.”
Do you mean use one onion to sautee and the other to caramelize and put on top later?
(Thanks for the recipe and can’t wait to try this.)
The recipe calls for extra 4/5 onions to fry and garnish the dish! Lets say a total of 7 onions. Thank you for your comments i will fix the recipe so no one get confused 😀
Yum! This looks great. Looking forward to giving it a go.
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really delicious! thank u for ur comment