Chef Laura Frankel’s Mujadara

Chef Laura Frankel’s Mujadara

The Lebanese classic dish gets a make-over as a vegan side with crispy shallots, garlic chips and sauteed Swiss Chard.

Mujadarah is one of the oldest recorded recipes, with versions being dated as early as 1200. Without meat, it was a medieval Arab dish commonly consumed by the poor, reputed to be a derivative of the “mess of pottage” Jacob used to buy Esau’s birthright. Typically served with meat, I modernized the ancient dish by making it an all-purpose side dish with a luscious topping of crispy shallots and garlic chips.

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