Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Mujaddara Arabic Lentil Rice with Brown Onions served with Laban


Mujaddara is a Arabic Lentil Rice very similar to our Indian Masoor Palau and it is served with Laban again very similar to Indian Raita. I have used very less oil and cooked this in a cooker, but this can be cooked in a pot.
Mujaddara  Arabic Lentil Rice with Brown Onions
Ingredients
1 cup Brown Lentil
1 cup Basmati Rice
2 Big Size Onions sliced
4 Garlic Cloves minced
1 stick Cinnamon
1 Green Cardomon
2 Cloves
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
Rock salt to taste
1/2 tsp Olive Oil
Olive oil spray

Method
Take the Rice and the Lentil separately wash it and soak it for 30 minutes. Take a cooker add 1 1/2 cup water,  the lentil and some salt to taste and give just 2 whistles. The lentil should cook at the same time should not be mashy. After the pressure releases remove the lentils and drain the water out.
Keep it aside. Take the same pressure cooker, add 1/2 tsp oil, heat it up. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardomon and cinnamon. Let it crackle. Add the garlic and 1/4 of the sliced onions. Sauté it till the onions changes it's colour. Remove the water from the rice. Add the rice in the cooker. Stir the rice for 2 minutes, add 2 cups of water, salt to taste, cumin powder and pepper powder, close the lid and give just one whistle. Let the pressure release, open the cooker and add the cooked lentils. Very gently mix the rice with the lentil. Now just cover and cook till the rice is done. Now take the remaining onions, and spread them on a oil sprayed baking tin. Spray oil on the onions too. In a pre heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius brown the sliced onions for 10 minutes. Take it out from the oven and stir the onions once, put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.. Repeat the process till golden brown in colour.
OR
Take a non stick pan, spray the oil and sauté the onions on a low flame until brown in colour, if required then spray oil once more in between the process.
Put the Mujaddara into a serving dish and spread the brown onions on the top. Serve with Yogurt Cucumber Salad called Laban.

Cucumber Laban
Ingredients
2 cups Curd made from skimmed Milk
2 cups Cucumber Grated
1 Garlic cloves grated
1/4 tsp Lime juice
1/4 tsp Pepper powder
Rock Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Dried Mint

Method
Take a mixing bowl, add curd, salt, pepper powder and lime juice. Whisk the curd well. Add the cucumber and garlic and whisk it again. Add the dried mint from top and serve it with the Rice.