Mujaddara is made of burgul (cracked wheat) and lentil and is cooked in olive oil and garnished with caramelized onions.
Mujaddara is an extremely popular dish throughout the Middle East and is gaining popularity among vegetarians as more and more learn about it. In the Middle Eastern Christian communities, it is a welcome source of protein during the observation of Lent, when many abstain from consuming meat.
Among the Jewish community, it has been called “Esau’s Favorite,” since it was most likely a derivative of the "mess of pottage" that Jacob used to buy Esau's birthright. Traditionally, they eat it twice a week: hot on Thursday and cold on Sunday.
The health benefits of mujaddara are enormous. Lentils are packed with fiber that help the digestive system, and contains folic acid to protect the artery walls and has magnesium to improve the blood flow. Likewise, burgul is very healthy food. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, it lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It is 100% whole wheat and is a good source of fiber, protein iron and vitamin B-6.
Aside from all those good things, it is a delightful and fulfilling dish.
Café Eden is now serving mujaddara daily.
During the month of June (2015), the dish is reduced to $5.90.
Come and enjoy this dish with your friends!