Mjaddra (lentils with rice)
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Mjaddra (lentils with rice)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:56:11 AM. Recipe ID 18272. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Mjaddra (lentils with rice)
 Categories: Vegetarian, Main dish
      Yield: 4 Servings
      2 c  Lentils
    3/4 c  Uncooked rice
      2 md Onions; chopped
    1/2 c  Olive oil
      1 tb Salt
    1/4 ts Cumin
    1/2 ts Allspice or bhar
  Clean and wash the lentils and boil them until tender. Mash and
  strain into a separate pot.  Add the rice, salt, and spices, and mix
  well. In a pan, saute the chopped onions in oil until golden. Add
  them with the frying oil to the lentils and rice.  Bring the mixture
  to the boil with enough water to cover and simmer over low heat for
  about 10 minutes, until the rice is cooked, stirring regularly to
  prevent sticking.  Serve lukewarm or cold with radishes and spring
  onions or a cabbage salad.
  That's the recipe straight from the book.  I make a couple changes:
  first of all, I'm a bit liberal with the cumin and allspice - I don't
  use measuring spoons, and I'm sure I get more than the 1/4 or 1/2
  teaspoon. Bhar, btw, is described by the book as "a spice blend made
  of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.  It is very similar in flavor to
  allspice, which may be substituted for it." I use brown basmati rice,
  so I have to boil it for more than 10 minutes; this means I have to
  keep adding water to it so it doesn't dry out.
  I mean to go back to the restaurant I first had this dish at and ask
  them what spices they use, since theirs is both spicier and darker
  than mine.
  Food For The Vegetarian - Traditional Lebanese Recipes Posted 

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Recipe ID 18272 (Apr 03, 2005)

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