winter mujaddara with sweet potatoes, avocado, and lime

dinner, lunch, main dishes, vegan, vegetarian, winter, autumnRachel SandersComment

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generously serves 4-6 (or two with leftovers)

You'll notice that this recipe is somewhat different from the Summer Mujaddara I made a few months ago. The main differences are in the lack of lemon juice (since the toppings include lime juice) and greens in the base mixture, and a slight increase in the proportion of rice to lentils and onions. I've been liking a little more rice in my mujaddara recently, but I mean, do what you want! Add an extra caramelized onion! Add more lentils! Throw the greens back in! Swap squash for the sweet potatoes in the topping! Add pepitas! I could go on, but I won't!

1 cup black beluga lentils, cooked (I add one bay leaf and a slug of brandy to my lentils while they cook)
2 onions, caramelized (slowly cook in a couple of tablespoons of butter or olive oil until golden brown)
1 1/2 cups jasmine rice, cooked (cook with a scant tablespoon of olive oil to keep the grains from sticking)
Kosher salt, to taste
Olive oil (optional)

Roasted sweet potato - 1/3-1/2 a potato per person (I cut mine into 3/4-inch chunks, toss with olive oil, and roast at 400˚F until the edges are crisp and the inside is like custard)
Avocado, sliced - I use 1/4-1/2 avocado per person
Cilantro, coarsely chopped
Hemp seeds
Flaky salt
(such as Maldon)
Piment d'Espelette
Fresh lime juice

In a large bowl, gently mix the lentils and onions together until well combined. Add the rice and, using your hands, mix the lentils and onions into the rice. Sprinkle a generous pinch of salt over everything and gently mix again, tasting and adding additional salt if needed. If the mixture seems quite dry or the rice is sticking to itself and clumping, you can drizzle the mixture with a little olive oil to loosen things up.

To serve: serve warm or at room temperature (if making ahead, let it come to room temperature or gently warm, covered, in a 200˚F oven with a couple of tablespoons of water added to the mixture), along with the toppings listed below. Pile things up in bowls, or let people add exactly how much of everything they want to their own mujaddara.