This one is great for cold days when you need something warm and soothing but of course tastes just as great cold with some salad or yoghurt and cucumber.
I couldn't really find a good translation for 'makhbousa' so went with 'messy' lentils and so that is how this recipe shall be known.
The lentils are cooked really well with rice and onions so they are almost overdone and form a paste.
This is my dad's favourite lentil recipe as he doesn't like dry gritty foods.
This store cupboard recipe is such a staple in my mums house that we always overlook it's simple majesty as a warming filler upper and a humble go to dish that really should be appreciated more.
I should take this moment to point out my radish flower crafting skills as can be seen in the picture below but actually, the messy lentils are the star of the show, just as they should be 😌
Mujadara Makhbousa (Messy Lentils)
Lebanese 'messy' lentils cooked with rice
- 1 cup brown lentils
- ¼ cup short grain rice
- 1 large onion
- 1 teaspoon Salt (approx)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Put the lentils in a pot with 5 cups of cold water and bring to the boil
Reduce the heat to medium and cook until done (approx 20 mins)
Add the rice and keep cooking on a low heat (approx half an hour) until the rice and lentils thicken to form a loose risotto texture
Add salt and pepper to lentils, taste and adjust
In a separate pan, caramalise the onion in some regular olive oil on low heat, then add to the lentil rice mix
Combine everything well and serve with salad and flatbreads
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