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5:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Yaseen Jawad (oh_my_foodness) presents Mujadara with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
For the Mujadara:
2 cups brown lentils
3/4 cup rice, rinsed (I used basmati but any type is ok)
3 whole onions (1 diced, 2 sliced)
4 cups water, divided
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
For the Cucumber Yogurt Sauce:
2 cups plain yogurt
3 small-medium cucumbers, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup water plus more for desired consistency
Salt to taste
Yaseen Jawad is an Engineer by day and a home chef by night. Born and raised in Michigan with roots from Sierra Leone, Yaseen makes everything from traditional middle eastern and African dishes to the latest trending recipes on social media. He strives not only to make his recipes tasty but to make them foolproof so that even beginners won’t feel intimidated when entering the kitchen. Yaseen owes his kitchen successes to his mom for teaching him everything there is to know and especially for handing down their favorite Middle Eastern and African recipes to share with the world. Yaseen loves cooking for his wife as she is his biggest critic and thanks her for the constant love and support to push him through new culinary boundaries. He showcases his love for cooking on his Instagram page @oh_my_foodness.
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