I had high expectations for this dish. Too high, probably. It was good, but not oh-my-God-Joanie-kept-Roger's-baby-good. Marcus, my lovely husband, sure did like it though. So maybe you will too.
Mujadarrah is the macaroni and cheese of the Middle East: classic comfort food. I was eager to try it. However, when I looked at the ingredients, my first thought was "Where's the flavor?" It didn't bother me that it was a vegetarian dish. I eat plenty of meatless wonders. I was just at a loss for where the flavor would come from. The ingredients were a little boring: lentils, rice, olive oil, an onion, pepper, a little lemon (which I added). Finding flavor on that list is difficult. The answer, of course, is in the onion. Not one to take any risks with my dinner, I increased the onion from one large onion, which the recipe calls for, to two. I also added some tzatziki. That did it. Marcus says that without that extra dollop of flavor, the dish has a hard time solo. If you don't feel like making tzatziki, some extra herbs, like cilantro, would help brighten the flavor.