Mujaddara – Rice with Lentils Recipe


Looking for a healthy, easy-to-make, and delicious meal for your next dinner? Look no further than Mujaddara, a flavorful Middle Eastern dish made with rice, lentils, and caramelized onions. This recipe is a perfect combination of protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, making it both nutritious and satisfying. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, Mujaddara is a great option.

Mujaddara is a Middle Eastern classic that is loved worldwide for its delicious blend of brown or green lentils, rice, and caramelized onions. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also packed with nutrients, making it a great choice for any meal.

Lentils, the star of this dish, are a rich source of iron, folate, and protein, making them an excellent addition to any diet. With such a hearty and nutritious combination of ingredients, Mujaddara is a perfect meal to keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day.

Mujaddara Recipe


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1½ cups cold water (for the rice)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup lentils (green or brown)
  • 1 onion


  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water is clear.
  2. In a pot, sauté the rice with garlic and 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  3. Add 1½ cups of water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook on low heat until all the water is absorbed (about 10 minutes).
  4. Rinse the lentils and cook them in a small saucepan with water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer until tender (usually 15-20 minutes).
  5. Drain the lentils and mix them with the cooked rice.
  6. Thinly chop the onion and sauté with 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan until caramelized.
  7. Mix the rice and lentils and top with the caramelized onions.

Mujaddara is a simple yet flavorful dish that is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. It’s a great option for meal prep, as it can be stored in the fridge for up to four days and reheated quickly. Plus, it’s a budget-friendly meal that uses pantry staples, making it easy to whip up whenever you’re short on time or money. So next time you’re in need of a comforting and healthy meal, give Mujaddara a try!


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