Vickie Christie sitting in Junipers

Vickie Christie loves food. She’s best known throughout Petersfield for her sourdough bread at The Real Bread Company and Junipers, in Lavant Street, Petersfield.

But here, she chats to Noni Needs about her favourite Veganuary recipe – Mujadra and her love of Dahl.

Both comforting foods at their best.

Vickie’s Mujadra Recipe:
It’s VEGAN, highly nutritious, cheap and easy to make, COMFORTING and all the ingredients, except for onions are available in JUNIPER – in the amounts you want – waste free and packaging free! (If you need an onion, get one from Bunches just down the road). Based on a recipe from Ottolenghi’s ‘Jerusalem’ cookbook:

You’ll need:

250 green lentils
4 medium onions
3 tbs plain flour
½ tsp turmeric
1 ½ tsp all spice
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cumin seeds
½ tbs coriander seeds
200g basmati rice
I tsp sugar
350 ml water
Veg oil
2 tbs olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper

Cook the lentils in plenty of salted boiling water for 13 mins. Drain.

Slice onions finely then in a bowl mix with the flour and 1tsp salt to coat

Fry the onions (in a deep sided frying pan with a lid) in plenty of medium hot veg oil IN BATCHES so they are crispy and brown but not burnt. Drain on kitchen paper.

Wipe the pan clean and dry-fry cumin and coriander for about a minute, add the uncooked rice, olive oil, remaining spice, sugar, salt and plenty of ground black pepper. Stir for a minute then add the cooked lentils and the water. Cover with your lid and very GENTLY simmer for 15 mins. With lid still on, take off the heat and leave to sit steaming for a further 10 mins. Scatter ½ the onions over and mix in, then sprinkle the remaining ones on top.

YUM! We’d always love to hear what you think of our recipes and any of your own you’ve tried out.
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