Friday, March 11, 2011

lent-ils!

Meatless Fridays ~
A great time to try something new!
Although the Lonesome Road doesn't observe Lenten practices, the customs and rituals of others always inspires me to try (and share) new recipes. This is one that really has become a tried-and-true favorite. Simple, inexpensive, healthy and so delicious, the Middle Eastern dish Mujadara is easily made with lentils, rice and lots and lots of caramelized onion slices. This is truly a great choice for meatless Fridays during Lent but don't be surprised if you incorporate this dish into your rotation.

Start out by sauteeing in a large, deep skillet:
2 medium onions, sliced
in 6 tablespoons of olive oil.
Cook onions until they are deeply brown and caramelized, even a bit "crunchy." Remove the onions to a paper towel-lined plate.

Add 1 cup of long-grain rice (I love to use jasmine rice) and 1 cup of lentils to the skillet. Quickly saute the rice and lentils in the caramelized onion oil, adding
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
freshly ground black pepper

Add 3 cups of water to the rice-lentil mixture and bring to a boil. Cover the skillet very tightly then cook over low heat for at least 25 to 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice and lentils are tender.

To serve, top with the crispy browned onions.
Serves 4.
(Although lentils typically do not require soaking in water, I've found that a 1 or 2 hour soaking before preparing this dish helps the lentils cook in exactly the same amount of time as the rice, without becoming mushy.)
Can't get enough bean recipes for meatless Lent Fridays?

3 comments:

Christine said...

I need to learn how to cook once and for all and I'm interested in more vegetarian meals. Decided to follow your great blog! :)

Doris Sturm said...

I love lentils, but you can keep the cumin - I eat a lot of meatless dishes for health, but do not consider myself a vegetarian because I eat occasional fish, eggs and I just would not want to live without my yogurt - albeit it has been made with soymilk, but I've never tried it. Have you? Where I live, I don't have much selections in grocery stores...I'd have to make it myself!

Thanks for the recipe, Angie...I will try it (without the cumin) and I just LOVE onions :-)

Stephanie said...

Yum! I love lentils. This sounds delicious

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