it takes two: one pot mujadara with mashed coconut yams

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

Nearly six years ago (whoa, has it been that long?) I made koshary, a dish that involved lentils, rice and pretty much every single pot I had at my disposal. The meal was tasty, but it was a lot of work. Koshary is pretty much just another name for mujadara – lentils, rice, caramelized onions, spices. It’s comforting and tasty and it’s a dish I always order it at the local Lebanese restaurant. Ordering it just seemed easier than making it. Well, that is until now.

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

What’s great about this recipe is that the lentils, rice and spices all cook up together in one pot. No rice pot. No lentils pot. One pot. Well, I should add that there is a skillet too. But c’mon, one pot, one skillet. Not too shabby. On first glance, you might think this recipe has got a lot going on. It does have a few steps, but it’s mostly a cook it and forget about it kind of meal.

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

First, you start off caramelizing the onion in a skillet. You stir it once in a while and you add in a little bit of balsamic vinegar which is my trick for getting the onions nice and dark quickly. Luckily, here the onions will get there on their own, but the balsamic bumps up the flavour a bit too. The onions get soft and a little crisp, a perfect condiment to the lentils and rice.

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

You then prick the yams with a fork and pop them in the oven. I think this helps the potatoes to not explode. It’s something my mom told me to do, and so I poke my potatoes with a fork when I put them in the oven. Don’t let your potatoes explode! Sweet potatoes also drip sugar so I’d throw down a silpat mat on your cookie sheet to prevent a big mess.

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

As your caramelized onions are caramelizing and your yams are baking away, the lentils and rice get sauteed in a heavy pot with oil, cumin, curry paste, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. It will be fragrant and by now you should have an idea of how things might taste. Add in stock, cover and simmer. See, not that tricky, right?

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

The yams get mashed with coconut milk, salt and pepper. I first made these coconut mashed yams for our Thanksgiving meal and I’ve made them several times since then. They’re a great side dish, but I think they go especially nice with the curried lentils and rice. They add a nice sweetness to the meal and it kicks up the comfort level by a whole lot. It’s like a yin-yang kind of thing. Bright orange / brown. Smooth / lumpy. Spicy / sweet. It’s a contrast in textures and flavours and it all works so well together. I hope you give this a try, it’s something that will be made in this house quiet often this winter, as it makes quite a few leftovers and that’s always a good thing.

One Pot Mujadara with Coconut Yams | everybody likes sandwiches

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