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Middle Eastern Food Culture

The dish seen above is a dish called Mujaddara. It is a dish that contains cooked lentils, together with groats, wheat or rice, and garnished with roasted onions that have been sauteed in vegetable oil. Dishes like these are common to the Middle East. And some of them seem easy to make, but its harder than it looks. Mujaddara for example, takes some time to make, and you have to cook the items in layers in order for the ingredients to have the right flavor mixed together. Middle eastern foods are unique in the fact that each country in the middle east has specific foods, and ways of making them. A lot of the food in the Middle east is also determined by the region your in. Because of the warm climate, foods like grapes, olives, mint, parsley, and eggplant are commonly eaten. Pork is rarely eaten because of the fact that Jews and Muslims can't eat it, and they make up a lot of the population.

Mujaddara Ingredients
1 cup - Brown or green lentil leaves.
5 cups - Water
2 medium - Onions, very finely chopped
1/2 cup - Olive oil
1 cup - Bur'ghul
1 tsp - Salt