Photo (taken by yours truly) of Mujaddara Burghul from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
If you’re curious about Middle Eastern food and looking for a good recipe to start with, Mujaddara Burghul, otherwise known as Lentil & Bulgur Wheat Pilaf with Caramelized Onion, is the perfect dish.
It’s very healthy with lentils and whole-grain bulgur wheat as its main ingredients. (Since it’s a vegetarian meal, it’s easy on the wallet too!) It couldn’t be simpler to make…if making rice intimidates you, know that bulgur is much more forgiving than rice. And with caramelized onion and the perfect blend of spices, it’s incredibly flavorful.
Mike and I like to eat it along with plain yogurt to dollop on top, and fresh veggies on the side (like chopped cukes, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) to round out the meal. It’s a new favorite for me, but a classic comfort food from home for Mike. For the full recipe for Mujaddara Burghul, please head over to the Bob’s Red Mill blog to check out their review of my cookbook.
Mike even remembers a silly song kids used to sing about Mujaddara in Syria. This is the loose translation:
The youth’s favorite food is Mujaddara!
And let whoever doesn’t like the youth go to the end of the line.
The first day they took us to the pool but they didn’t fill it with water and we were made fun of.
The second day they took us to the restaurant but they didn’t serve us any food and we were made fun of.
The third day they took us to the soccer field but they didn’t give us a soccer ball and we were made fun of.
Like I said, it’s very silly, and like most kids’ songs, it makes very little sense. Of course it sounds better when he sings it in Arabic…at least it rhymes then, lol!
Be sure to head over to Bob’s Red Mill, they are giving away three copies of my cookbook, each with a Bob’s Red Mill prize pack including Lentils, Garbanzo Beans, Bulgur, and Basmati Rice! (Huge thank-you to Bob’s Red Mill!)