Moudardara: Lebanese Rice & Lentils
Moudardara is a Lebanese rice and lentil dish that gets topped with caramelised onions and saffron. It’s a mainstay of our Vegetarian Diploma course and for good reason. A few simple ingredients get transformed into the sort of dish that keeps people coming back for more, making it great dinner party. Our diploma student Rachel Kinchin aptly described Moudardara on her blog: “This dish is a magical middle-eastern delight and it’s easy – a simple showstopper. I made it as soon as I got home from the first week of the course.”
The key with Moudardara is to cook the onions very slowly to caramelise them which takes up to 40 minutes, but its worth it for the unctuous sweet caramelised taste that contrasts with the earthy lentils and saffron rice. We like to serve this with stir-fried Cavolo nero and roasted onion squash.
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