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Lebanese Mjadra - Lentil & Rice Lettuce Cups
From: Jubes

These are a popular Lebanese dish. They are also vegetarian and gluten free. For gluten free ensure the stock used is labeled as GF or homemade. These make a great gluten free lunch- no bread and packed full of protein.

SERVES 6

  • 1 cup red lentil or brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • iceburg lettuce cup
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges

Using a medium saucepan, bring lentils and 4 cups of water to the boil on a high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan. Cook the onion for 5 minutes, until soft and golden.

Add half of the onion to the lentils. Also add the rice and stock. Season with salt.

Return to the boil and cook for another 20 minutes, until thick and creamy.

With the remaining half of the onion -- continue to fry for another 10 minutes. It should be dark brown and caramelized.

Add the caramelized onion to the lentils and cook another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

To serve- spoon lentils into lettuce cups and serve with lemon wedges & pepper.