June 30, 2014
I feel like I don’t have any money, won’t ever have any money and can’t remember what money looks like at the moment.
Peasant food beckons in times of hardship. I found this really old Arab dish of mixed rice, lentils and onions on the web. It sounds bland but it’s surprisingly flavourful. That’s the caramelised onions doing their job. Caramelised onions are one of the best culinary secret weapons out there.
I like the name too - mujaddara, sounds tribal.
So this is a thrifty little tumble, I haven’t worked out how much a bowl costs, but I’m sure it’s WELL under a quid. Put a dollop of minty yoghurt and a handful of toasted walnuts over the top (if you’re feeling particularly opulent) and you have yourself a complete meal. I can’t think of anything it wouldn’t go with but know it would be particularly brilliant with chicken, halloumi or grilled aubergine.
The recipe below is if you’re making it from scratch, but it makes sense to make dishes like this when you have leftover rice or lentils.
Find the recipe here