Mjadara Hamra Recipe

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Delicious Lebanese Recipes –  The home of tasty, healthy and easy Lebanese recipes & Middle Eastern food recipes invites you to try Mjadara Hamra Recipe. Enjoy cooking quick & easy meals and learn how to make Mjadara Hamra.


1 cup of red lentils
¾ – 1 cup of Borgol (Crushed Wheat, you can use large grained Couscous if you have no other choice)
1 large onion
2 large table spoons extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of Salt


Boil the red lentils until they are soft. Not mush, they should keep their shape, but they should be soft.

Put the olive oil and the finely chopped onions and stir fry until the onion turns dark red/brown. Dry off the oil. Careful, the shade quickly turns from gold yellow to charcoal black, it’s a critical process!

Remove any excess water from the Lentils; water level should be equivalent to the surface of the lentils.

Put quarter a cup of the lentil water on top of the fried onions (make sure you dry the oil or else it will splash). Wait for 5 minutes. Anyway, less oil is healthier.

Put the onion/water mix back onto the lentils.

Add the borgol (dry)

Add salt (careful, if it’s too little, you can add some to the salad, when the water dries up, it might turn out to be very salty).

Simmer on very low heat, keep mixing with a fork until the lentils are relatively dry, you should smell something nice. (says mum.. if you smell burning, try again – that’s what I do when I’m in charge of the kitchen).

The red colour of the Mjadra is from the stir fried onions.

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