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Maru we-llham {Mauritania}


Maru we-llham is a traditional Mauritanian recipe for a classic one-pot dish of meat and rice in a mustard sauce with mixed vegetables. The traditional recipe include cassava, eggplant, garlic, and cabbage; I used onions, chard, and radishes. So, not traditional...but delicious! And I was so excited to make an African dish that didn't involve peanut sauce!


  
2 Spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
4 chicken thighs, cubed
2 carrots, cut into coins
5 French breakfast radish, cut into coin
1 bunch rainbow chard, cut into wide slices
2 T prepared mustard
water
6 handfuls of rice
freshly ground sea salt
freshly ground pepper

Heat a splash of oil in a large soup pot. Add the onions and fry until softened and beginning to brown. Add the chicken and cook through. Add the mustard, bay leaves; season to taste with salt and pepper then cook for 5 minutes. Add 6 C of water and bring to a simmer then stir in the carrots, radishes, chard, and rice. Bring back to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Serve immediately.

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