Tim had a rough night the other night; a tummy bug kept him up more than me & Miles and left him feeling drained and with an I’m-never-eating-at-that-place-again resolve the next day.  I wanted to make something restorative and benign, yet delicious (to get him back in the eating groove), for dinner and immediately thought of this dish.  The name may seem complicated (moo-djah-DAH-rah), but the simple combination of rice, lentils and onions is exactly that. Even if you don’t love one or more of the ingredients on their own, I urge you to give it a shot.  It comes together quickly, is super healthy, and is a very inexpensive meal.  The combination of rice and lentils create a perfect protein, making meat unnecessary.  It keeps, freezes and reheats beautifully, so you can cook up a whole bag of rice ($1.29), a whole bag of lentils ($0.69), and a bag of onions ($1.49) and make many many meals. Pair it with steamed greens (or not), and enjoy.

No photos of this one; delicious as it is, it ain’t too pretty.

Mujadara (adapted from Herbavoracious)

  • 2 Tbsp oil or butter
  • 2 big onions, sliced into 1/4″ half rings
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup brown or green lentils (not red or French)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  1. Heat oil or butter in a wide bottom pan.  Add onions and cook over high until brown and caramelized.  Cooking over high is quicker, but requires some babysitting.  If you are babysitting someone else, leave it at medium high and give it a little more time.
  2. Combine rice with 2 cups water, and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to low, cover and cook until liquid is absorbed (~40 minutes for brown rice).  Do not overcook the rice, or the dish can get dry.
  3. Add lentils to ~3 cups of water, and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to medium and simmer until cooked, yet still lentil-shaped and a bit crunchy (~20 minutes for the brown lentils I got).  Do not overcook the lentils, or you will have lentil soup.  Drain and wait for the rice.
  4. Combine cooked rice, lentils and seasonings.  Taste and adjust salt as necessary.
  5. Top with caramelized onions, and feel happy when Tim asks if there is any more.