Mjadara is a caramelized onion, lentil and bulgur pilaf– a family favorite and a traditional vegetarian wholesome meal that is made at every household in my hometown Majdal Shams.
It’s super simple, made of only 4 ingredients, and typically served with a side of Zesty Lemon Salad and a dollop of yogurt. Traditionally, the onions are caramelized in a lot of olive oil. To avoid burning the olive oil , I recommend caramelizing the onions in avocado or grape seed oil and then adding the olive oil once the onions are dark to retain the health benefits and flavor.
This dish is great if eaten warm on the same day that its cooked, but it’s also delicious the next day chilled.Print
A traditional vegetarian dish from Northern Israel, made with Caramelized onion, Lentils, and Bulgur Pilaf. Serve this tasty plant-based dish with
Zesty Lemon Salad and a spoonful of yogurt on the side
1 Cup of Brown lentils
1 Cup of Bulgur ( substitute with brown rice if gluten-free)
1 medium onion, diced or grated
2 Tbsp. Avocado or grape seed oil
1/4 Cup Extra virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
1. Rinse the lentils and cook in a pot with 3 Cups of water on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Lentils should be al dente.
2. While the lentils are cooking, finely dice or grate the onion and sauté with the cooking oil in a saucepan until browned. The darker the onion, the more flavorful the dish- don’t be afraid to burn some of the onions.
3. Add the uncooked bulgur, caramelized onions, 1/4 Cup olive oil, salt to taste and 1 Cup of water to the semi-cooked lentils over low heat and simmer until fully cooked (about 20 minutes). If the water is dried out and lentils/bulgur is still not cooked, add 1/2 Cup water and cook for another 5 minutes until the water is fully absorbed.
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