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The cult of Mejaderah

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Shahar from Tel -Aviv writes on the SaveLebanon Speak Out blog:

I am feeling for you, dear Lebanese neighbors, since I know exactly what you are going threw..Beacuse I’m going threw the same, here and now, in Israel, just like you do.

I am not a politician, and this is the first time for me to write to you. I would like to tell you that I was a student until not long ago, lucky to study in France on a student exchange program..meeting there many Lebanese who became to be my best friends over there.. and I guess I know why..Beacuse we had more in common then with any other nationality..having same Falafel (still urging where is there origin whether in Israel or Lebanon) eating same Labaneh and thinking in the same way about many things and issues..

So, for Shahar and others, here’s a recipe for Mejaderah. A favourite among Lebanese, Palestinians and Israelis. May we share food and not sorrows.



The more common recipe uses rice. Bulgur can be substituted for rice, with the exact same procedure.

  1. Fry the lentils in oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously, until the first beans show signs of scorching.
  2. Add salt, baharat, cumin, ground cardamon.
  3. Add 2 cups water and cover. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed by the lentils.
  4. Fry the rice in oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously, until the grains change colour.
  5. Add salt, black or white pepper, and ground cardamon.
  6. Add 2 cups water and cover. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. After 5 minutes turn the heat off, and leave standing for another 10 minutes.
  7. Cut the onion into thin strips (1/2cm x 4cm).
  8. Fry the onion in mixed olive oil until crisp and translucent.
  9. Mix lentils and rice, top with the fried onion.

(Originaly posted on Wikibooks Cookbook)
Please – feel free to comment / critisize / elighten me. I’m sure I have a lot to learn – in the kitchen and out.

And by the way, I think the Speak Out team would like to recieve more Israeli contributions.


Written by yishaym

August 1, 2006 at 2:18 am

Posted in food, Israel, Lebanon, peace

6 Responses

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  1. didn’t we already try that with humus?
    maybe it’s time to realize the conflict between israel and the neighborhood has little to do with the notorious middle eastern cuisine.

    anyway, thanks for the recipe, I’ll still give it a try.


    August 1, 2006 at 1:00 pm

  2. No, I don’t think we can solve anything with Hummous, Mejardrah or even Baklawa. I also think that Shahar is a bit naive, but that’s fine.

    I do think we have much more in common than we tend to remember these days, and it goes way beyond Sumak.


    August 2, 2006 at 1:33 am

  3. having things in common doesn’t change the fact that the conflict in the middle east is all about two sides who see reality and how should things be in a very different way as opposed to two sides who just don’t know that deep inside, they are both really much a like – which is the popular belief in the wealthy world nowadays.


    August 2, 2006 at 1:11 pm

  4. actually, who are these two sides? I don’t think these ‘two sides’ can claim to speak for all the jewish and arab citizens of the region. There are many Jews and Arabs worldwide who live together in far more safety than they do in the Middle East, and there are no doubt many in the Middle East who would wish to do so too.


    August 2, 2006 at 3:44 pm

  5. that’s exactly my point, the conflict is between naratives not people – the hatred and viloence are just the products of the real conflict, you can’t eliminate the conflict by eliminating them.


    August 2, 2006 at 5:56 pm

  6. …I appreciate this culinary strategy…a lot!


    August 4, 2006 at 7:43 pm

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