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.