Makhlouta, which literally means ‘mixed’, is a levantine traditional vegetarian soup that is typically made of a mixture of dried vegetables such as lentils and beans. With the addition of some meat, this beautiful soup is best enjoyed during the cold season of autumn and winter.



about 100 g minced meat 2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed
1 cup red lentils, washed and drained
1/4 cup rice, washed and drained
1/4 cup bulgur, washed and drained
2 tsp ground cumin
salt & pepper, according to taste
4 – 5 cups water
Lemon juice & slices (optional)


In a medium to large saucepan put over medium heat, sauté the minced meat for a about 7 – 10 minutes, stirring often. Set sautéd meat in a small bowl aside.
Using the same saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes stirring often. Add the lentils, rice, bulgur and stir frequently for another few minutes.
Add the cumin. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour about 4 – 5 cups of water to the lentil and rice mixture. Couver the saucepan with a lid. Lower heat and cook for about 15 minutes.
Once the lentil and rice mixture has been thoroughly cooked, you can add the minced meat to it. Cook for a few minutes further.
Serve the soup hot with a slice of lemon (optional: add a few drops of lemon juice to the individual serving bowls).

mjaddarah: a taste from home away from home

Mjaddarah (مدردرة – مجدرة), the “hungry man’s food”, is a simple yet very rich dish that is relatively popular in the Arab world and a food enjoyed by everyone. Classically served with yogurt and mint, Mjaddarah is a true delight.


Reminding me of home, Mjaddarah has always been a favorite dish that I would delightfully have anytime, anywhere. And lately, I have been nostalgic and missing my mum’s cooking and so, naturally, have been craving this dish often. And I’m not ashamed to admit that, despite my love for this dish, I failed to make it a few times before. So being finally able to prepare it not only makes me happy knowing I can enjoy this dish whenever I want, but also give me a certain sense of pride.


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