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Mujaddara (Lebanese Lentil & Rice Dish)


This is another tasty meat less dish that is also full of protein and very easy to make. You can also substitute white for brown rice, chicken stock for plain water. So what are you waiting for, get in the kitchen and put your own spin on this Middle Eastern classic dish.


1 large onion, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup lentils, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups low sodium chicken stock
1-2 cups water, if needed
I Tbsp ground cumin
1 1/2 cups Basmati rice or long grain rice


Using a large skillet or pot cook the onions in oil until tender and caramelized .



Remove the onions and spread on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the extra oil.




Add to the oil, the lentils and rice, and lightly brown.


Add chicken stock and bring to a boil with occasional stirring. 


Cover with lid reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. If liquid has reduced too much add 1 cup water and continue to sinner until most of the water is absorbed.


Add ground cumin and salt to taste. 

Add more water if needed.


To serve, spoon lentil and rice onto a large platter then sprinkle the caramelized onions on top of the rice. Sprinkle with a dash of salt.




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Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

5 responses »

  1. Pingback is a positive thing on wordpress isn’t it? hehe I am a new blogger trying to figure out how things work around here…..


  2. I love lentils. Wish hubby liked it. 🙂



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