When I was in London, my friend took me to a stunning Lebanese restaurant where we had a piled table of the most delicious plates of food. Haloumi, Labneh, Tabouleh, Mjaddara, Felafel, flat bread and more that I can’t even remember. Since I’ve been back I have been longing to have that meal again and last night I searched for the easiest recipe for Mjaddara (or Mjadra, or Umjadara). I found the one and cooked it up and it was totally amazingly delicious.

Here is all I did. I cooked 1 cup of lentils in 4 cups of water on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Then I chopped a big onion and fried it in olive oil until it was dark brown (almost but not quite burnt). There was still a lot of water left in the lentils after 20 minutes and all you do is throw in the onion and oil, a 1/4 tsp of ground cumin, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of rice (I used basmati because that’s what I had). I waited until it was all boiling again, and then turned the heat right down and left it for 20 more minutes. Then we ate it. So delicious.

PS. Does anyone know where to get Za’atar in Cape Town?