13 February 2011


My recipe submission for this month is mujadara. We served it with pita chips, hummus and labne. The recipe that I used is here.

recipe courtesy of Confused Homemaker over at Tasty Kitchen

  • 1 cup Lentils
  • 4 whole Onions
  • 3-½ cups Water
  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil 

Slice the onions. The onions should be sliced long, so they look like a rain­bow ver­sus diced into small pieces.
Heat a pot on medium-high heat. Add 1 table­spoon of veg­etable oil and half an onion. Cook until onion is caramelized.
Add lentils, water, salt and pep­per. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and sim­mer for 20 minutes.
After 20 min­utes, add rice and cumin. Cover and sim­mer for addi­tional 20 minutes.
Heat a fry­ing pan over medium-high heat. Add the remain­ing 1 table­spoon of veg­etable oil and the remain­ing onions. Cook until fully caramelized and blackened.
Note: we used green lentils and yel­low onions for this dish.

My recipe for hummus is as follows:
1 can chick peas
2 garlic cloves
2 T of the liquid from the can of chick peas
2 T tahini
salt and pepper to taste
juice of a lemon
Whir it all up in a food processor or blender. Taste it to see if it needs more lemon juice or salt.When I serve it, I drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle it with some paprika.

Labne is a Middle Eastern kefir cheese with several different spellings, depending on which country it's from. The stuff I had was Lebanese. My neighbor gave it to us and I don't know where she got it from, so I hope you can find it. But it's still VERY good without the labne.

For the pita chips, I buy thin pita, cut it up into pie shapes, spray it with olive oil spray and then sprinkle it with garlic salt. Bake at 450 for about 5 minutes or until crisp.

They way we ate it was to spread the pita chip with a bit of the labne, put some mujadara on it, the top it with hummus. I liked it just from the bowl. It's very good though!!


Johanna said...

This sounds so good! I cannot wait until my family is out of their "critical period" from the last allergy treatment so I can make this for my family!!

Joanna said...

Can you believe we're actually posting stuff you can make for you family!? How much longer do you all have to do the allergy treatments?

Meagan said...

Okay so this has been up for two weeks now and I still don't even know what it is. What catagory are we on for the recipe war??? I am lost....

Marie said...

Sorry it took me so long to make this. I had two things going against me. First, this is Middle Eastern food, which I've never made. So, that was scary. And second, I really wanted to make the hummus and your pita recipe from years ago. And I found it hard to remember to make the dough in the morning.

Anyway, I didn't make the pitas flat enough, but they were still delicious. I was thinking that the mujadara and hummus were not going to go over well with my meat-obsessed boys. But surprisingly, they loved it! Shane especially loved the hummus.

Caleb and I took the pita, spread hummus on it and then topped it with mujadara. It was a Mujadara pizza! haha! I know you're probably cringing (or shaking your head) :)

So even if anyone else had submitted a recipe, I'd have voted for yours! Two thumbs up!

Joanna said...

Oh good, I'm so glad you liked it! And that your boys liked it. "mujadara pizza" is the way Del at it, too. and then he taught the girls to eat it that way, too.