Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Mujadarra.... Mood = Mothers Inspiration

I have been enquiring about recipes that are good for you and that are mouthwatering, and who is the best person to get this information from.... My mother. I love my mother and as much i love her, i lover her food, and her passion for cooking. It is easy for her, it is tantalising and more than anything she makes it accessible for anyone. Mujaddara is a green lentil poor mans dish which is cooked with cracked wheat, and caramelised onions. We serve it with chopped tomatoes, parsley and chili and garlic as a dressing. It is delicious....

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
olive oil


* 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.


Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing!

My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

What a wonderful blog you have. Thanks for visiting mine.
Yes, mom's recipes are often the very best.

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hey Ellie, thanks for stopping by.... It really is sucha great and more importantly simple recipe!

MKIR, moms know best! Always have and always will....Thank you for visiting my blog... I hope to see you here soon.

OohLookBel said...

I'm loving your recipes! And I beg to differ, this dish *does* look good, especially with the arugula sprinkled on ti.

Jessica said...

Oh yum! Sounds delicious!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Mmmmm I adore lentils and rice together. They are such a good match! :D

Adriana said...

what a great combo! i love lentils with rice but i'd never thought of mixing them with arugula and onions!

Jamie said...

I worked at a mediterranean restaurant in college and this was one of my absolute favorite dishes...Love it!

elra said...

Goodgrace, can be better then this. It is definitely my kind of food. I like very much Joudie :)

Tanvi said...

What a wonderful concept for a blog---moods! !! Thanks for visiting mine and the lovely comment!
That dish looks delish :)

Nessie said...

What a beautiful post, Jourdie! It's so hear warming to hear you have such an amazing relationship with your momma :) Can't wait to try this recipe! Have already printed it out :)

Radhika said...

This looks simple and hearty

tasteofbeirut said...

This is the prettiest photo I have seen yet of mujaddara! Mine always end up looking like a disgusting porridge, even thought the taste is unbelievable; my kids grew up on this dish and still ask for it and my son learned how to make it. I love it and this one version you made we call mudardara.