Mujadarah (pronounced M-Jed'der-a)

This is the dish (pottage) that Jacob sold to his brother, Esau, in exchange for his birthright. Genesis 25:29. This is a one-dish meal that is good served with yogurt and/or finely chopped cucumber and tomato.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cracked wheat, coarsely cut or 1/2 cup orzo
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Fry onions in oil in a saucepan until very dark brown.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat 1/2 hour or until tender.