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One Pot Lentil and Rice Recipe Inspired by Lebanese Mujadara 🇱🇧 Easy Plant-Based Recipes for Vegans

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This recipe is inspired by Lebanese Mujadara and a combination of a few Mediterranean recipes (however, I have added Ginger because of its various health benefits, especially with digestion).
➡️ When you come back, you’ll have one of the crucial ingredients for a vegan rice recipe that is rich in flavor owing to the inspiration of an old-world favorite dish from the Middle East. Next, you can prepare the sweet and fragrant basmati rice, herbs, and spices!
I hope you enjoy this modern instance of a centuries-old dish!

💬 How long have you been on a vegan diet/plant-based? Let me know how it’s going in the comments below

▶️ RECIPE INGREDIENTS: (4 to 5 servings)

1 Cup / 200g BROWN LENTILS ONLY (washed and soaked in water for at least 4 to 6 hours (or overnight) until the lentils are very tender)

1 Cup /200g BASMATI Rice (thoroughly washed/soaked in water for 20 minutes)
3 Cup / 400g Chopped Onions – 2 medium size onions (430g with skin on)
1 Tablespoon ginger (very finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon garlic (very finely chopped)
3/4 Cup Strained Tomatoes / Passata / Tomato Puree
1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper OR to taste (Optional)
Salt to taste (I added total 1+1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt)
2 Cups / 475ml Water

Garnish:
3/4 cup / 70g Parsley (finely chopped)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste (I added 1/2 teaspoon)
Lemon or Lime juice to taste (I added 1+1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, I like it a bit sour)
Extra Virgin Olive oil (I added 2 tablespoons of organic cold-pressed olive oil)

▶️ METHOD:

✅👉 USE A WIDER POT TO COOK THIS DISH (this will cook the rice more evenly and prevent it from getting mushy).

Wash and soak the brown lentils for at least 4 to 6 hours (or overnight) until the lentils are very tender. Thoroughly wash the rice until the water runs clear to get rid of any impurities/gunk (it’s an important step so do not skip it). Soak for 20 minutes.

Heat a pan, add cooking oil, onion and 1/2 tsp salt. Adding salt to the onions will help release water and help it cook faster. Fry the onion on medium-high heat until it starts to caramelize. Once caramelized, reduce the heat to medium to medium-low heat (depending on the heat of your stove) and add finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry until onions are nicely browned (be careful not to burn the onion).

Once the onion is caramelized, add the strained tomatoes/passata and spices. Give it a good mix. Add the soaked lentil and rice, along with salt and water. Cover and bring to a vigorous boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Uncover and check to see if the rice and lentils are cooked (it should be cooked by now, if its not, cover and cook it for a bit longer). Now continue to cook UNCOVER for another 1 to 2 minutes on low heat to get rid of any excess moisture. Turn off the heat.

Add parsley, lemon juice, black pepper and drizzle of olive oil. Mix very gently, the rice is delicate at this point and we don’t want to break it. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving (for flavors to blend).

Stores well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. It’s perfect for meal planning.

▶️ IMPORTANT TIPS:

👉 Soak lentils until they are very tender. The soaking time depends on the quality of the lentils. Some brown lentils are drier than the others and therefore need more soaking time

👉 How to know if the lentils are soaked well? You should be able to cut a lentil piece with your nails, effortlessly. If not, then soak longer

👉 It’s really important that the lentils soak well. The reason is to match the cooking time of lentils with the rice

👉 USE A WIDER POT TO COOK THIS DISH (this will cook the rice more evenly and prevent it from getting mushy)

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