Disaster! I forgot to take a picture of this! Sorry, loyal readers. Suffice it to say, it’s not that photogenic a dish anyway, but it is very tasty.
Maureen: Ottolenghi calls this the ultimate comfort food. Do you agree?
Andrew (14): What’s it called?
Maureen: To be honest, I have no earthly idea how to pronounce it. But it’s spelled m-e-j-a-d-r-a. We could just call it the lentil-rice-fried onion dish.
NIcholas (11): Hmm. Interesting.
Maureen: Good interesting or bad interesting?
Nicholas: I think it’s good interesting, but I’m not 100 percent sure.
Maureen: I think it’s delicious, and given this is the third or fourth time we’ve had it, I think we can call it a success.
Tim: Was it difficult to make?
Maureen: To be honest, Kirstin and Anna don’t call him “Faff-Olonghi” for nothing. This was definitely a bit of a faff, which you don’t really figure out until you’re halfway through making it. I had to fry the onions in batches, which took way longer than I thought it would, in addition to making the lentils and the rice.
Tim: Yes. I remember that was the case the last time I made it.
Maureen: Despite that, though, this is delicious and a good thing for Meat Free Monday. I also know from experience that it’s excellent leftover, too. Another win from Jerusalem.