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Vegan Mujaddara Hamra

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Cooked lentils are popular all over the Middle East and form the basis of many dishes. Mujaddara is a popular Levantine dish, and may be served on its own or with other vegetables and side dishes: it is equally good hot and cold. This dish is a main staple of the Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Jordanian, north Saudi, and Israeli diet today, both in the Middle East and in North America. While once regarded as a poor man's dish, it is today considered a high-protein, balanced healthy food by many Americans.
  Brown lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Long grain rice 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), rinsed
  Onion 2 Cup (32 tbs), chopped
  Cumin 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Tablespoon
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
For the garnish
  Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), sliced, caramelized
  Fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely

1. In a 4 quart pot, on medium heat and add the olive oil then the onions, cook for about 5-6 minutes until brown and caramelized.
2. Add the rice and lentils and stir with the onions, pour water and stir.
3. Season with salt, stir again and then cover and let cook on medium/low heat for about 40 minutes, stir in between.
4. After 40 minutes add the cumin and cook for another 15 minutes and add another cup of water if necessary, cook until lentils are no longer hard.

5. In a serving plate spread the mujaddara and top with caramelized onions and parsley. Serve with yogurt or salad.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
This is a great high-protein dish for vegetarians but is loved by non-vegetarians alike. It is very filling, high in fiber, iron and protein. It is so versatile because it can be served any time of the day and still be satisfying. Serve it with pita bread, rice or with a salad for a complete meal.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 482 Calories from Fat 89

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.7%

Saturated Fat 1.4 g6.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 1479.1 mg61.6%

Total Carbohydrates 79 g26.2%

Dietary Fiber 21.4 g85.5%

Sugars 6.5 g

Protein 21 g41.3%

Vitamin A 15.1% Vitamin C 36.8%

Calcium 14.5% Iron 58.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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