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Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
April 05, 2011

I am a die-hard foodie, Middle Eastern specialist, and in the Arabic restaurant business for 40 years. I did not try to follow the recipe, which sounds on spot, but was interested in the reviews and only wanted to point out that this is a traditional vegetarian dish that is used in much of the Arab world but is a particular staple during fasting periods among Arab Christians when no animal products are consumed (like the chicken broth that some people added). Even Muslims and Jews of the region eat this only as a vegan dish. The yoghurt (laban) on the side is a regional preference (mine too) and is often substituted by some sort of lemony salad or picked vegetables,like turnips. This is an ancient and revered dishl for its simplicity and humbleness, and I just wanted to add some authenticity to the pot. I am delighted that so many people tried it and responded favorably!