How to Make Mazidra

Here's a delicious and satisfying meal that can be cooked in advance... and has the side benefit of being vegetarian! The word Mazidra translates roughly into "rice and vegetables"... with more vegetables indicating a wealthier host who can give a better variety to his or her guests.


  1. 1
    Cook lentils. This can be done with a leftover lentil stew or done fresh overnight in the Crock-Pot. You'll want approximately one cup of finished lentils for each person you are going to feed.
  2. 2
    Cook rice. A rice cooker is quickest with the least chance of burning. Approximately one and a half cups of cooked rice per person, but more is better than less, and this is delicious.
  3. 3
    Shred or chop the following:
    • Lettuce
    • Onion
    • Tomato
    • Olives (black)
    • Peppers
  4. 4
    Shred 1-2 cups of cheese. For vegans, you can use the pre-shredded non-dairy cheese. For non-vegans, cheddar works well.
  5. 5
    When all ingredients are chopped or done cooking, serve them in separate dishes on the table.
  6. 6
    Ingredients are then layered onto each plate.
    • Rice first, flattened out onto the plate.
    • Lentils second, ladled over the rice.
    • Cheese next, so it will melt onto the legumes.
    • Then sprinkle the veggies in 12 inch (1.3 cm) layers, or as desired.
    • Top with guacamole, sour cream or salsa if desired.
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