Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Mujadarra.... Mood = Mothers Inspiration
I was asking her for some recipes with lentils and she came up with something along the lines of Mujadarra. But with a twist.
I was totally confident with what she was saying as i know that she knows her flavours as did my grandmother and my wonderful auntie, Shahla. So my mothers take on Mujadarra was similar to the original but with a slight twist. Adding rice, rocket and a lemon olive oil dressing . It was simply amazing.
My husband was at a work dinner and i was tired so i stayed at home. I was feeling rather nostalgic and looking through old photographs and diaries that i used to write as a child and decided that tonight was the night for my mothers dish. She is such a wonderful and amazing woman who brought up 5 pretty good kids, who were sometimes very very naughty, who lover her more than life itself. And she still had time to cook at least 5 dishes a day.....
My mother is beautiful and i think that when you have such a pure soul, you project that wonder in anything you do and this dish as with many other that she has given me inspiration for, shows where her heart and mind are. Health, honesty, and nostalgia. Not to forget love. I think you have to cook with love to create genius!
So this dish as with many other middle eastern dishes does not particularly look appealing but has the taste that explodes in your mouth of the earthiness and villagey feel that we were accustomed to. I love lentils and rice for that matter. Mixed with caramelised onions, lemon, and rucola..... well that's another story. Actually it is this story!
350g puy lentils
300g basmati rice
5 onions sliced into half moons
1 bag of rucola
* Boil the rice in a pan as you would normally, add salt to season
* Boil the lentils in another pan but ADDING NO salt
* Slice the onions and pan fry them and caramelise them.
* When all the ingredients are ready separately, add them together.
* Add your lemon and olive oil mix and add the rucola.
* Place in a bowl and turn over and serve.
* Eat to your hearts content.
This dish is healthy, savoury and absolutely good for you. Full of protein and vitamin C.
Just my kind of dish.