When I began to think about healthy eats and sticking to our $75 per week food budget, the first dish that came to mind was mujadara.
Not only is it amazingly flavorful, it’s also super inexpensive to make. And considering I had everything but the onions stocked in the pantry, it was a no-brainer.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the dish. Each bite is filled with enough oomph to make your taste buds very very happy.
- 1 cup lentils
- 1¼ cup brown basmati rice
- 4 cups vegetable broth or water
- salt (to taste)
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 large onions, sliced in ½ inch slivers
- Saute onions with olive oil, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. The softer the better. Reserve 4 tbs (or more) for garnish.
- While onions are caramelizing, throw lentils in a pot with 4 cups of broth or water. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat, cover, and cook for about 40 minutes, or until lentils are tender and most liquid is absorbed.
- Once lentils are situated (i.e.—cooking), cook rice. We use a rice cooker for this part.
- Once lentils are finished cooking, add in cooked rice, caramelized onions, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Garnish with remaining onions.
- Serve and enjoy.