Mujadarah – Jacob’s Stew

“Mujadarah” aka “Jacob’s Stew” is one of my favorite dinners. It is a traditional recipe passed down through the generations and based on the story in Genesis 25:29-34. The first time my wife made it for me, it brought to life this story. It is a truly wonderful aromatic recipe that is absolutely delicious. I can understand how a famished Esau could forsake all reason to indulge in such a wonderful meal.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996 (electronic ed.) (Ge 25:29–26:1). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Mujadarah – Jacob’s Stew recipe:

INGREDIENTS (with our favorite sources noted)
1 onion
1 cup organic sprouted brown rice – GoGo Rice from BM Organics
1 cup organic sprouted green lentils – truRoots from Whole Foods
Raw Butter from BM Organics
1 tbsp – cumin
1 tbsp – salt
1 tsp – pepper
4 cups chicken stock – from BM Organics
1 cup water
garlic to taste…I like a lot –

Stir Fry Onions in butter until brown
add half of the seasoning
turn off heat and add the chopped garlic
Stir real good

In big pot bring chicken stock, water and rice to a boil
Add the onion mixture – rest of seasoning – and lentils
Stir real good and turn heat to low

Cover pot and leave for a good 45 mins until done –
For our family I usually double this recipe.