Mujaddara – Rice with Lentils


Mujaddara is a popular middle-eastern dish, made with brown or green lentils, rice and topped with caramelised onions.

This is a super easy and highly nutritious dish!

Lentils are rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein.

Mujaddara Recipe

  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Cook Time 25 minutes
  • Servings 4


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1½ cup cold water, for the rice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ cup lentils (green or brown)
  • 1 onion


  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water is clear.
  2. Cook the rice in a pot over low heat. 
  3. First, sauté the rice with 1 tbsp olive oil and garlic.
  4. Add 1½ cup of water, add salt & pepper, bring to a boil, cover and cook on low heat until all the water is absorbed for about 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse the lentils.
  6. In a small saucepan cook the lentils in water, bring to boil, cover and simmer until they are tender. Cook time is typically 15-20 minutes.
  7. Drain the lentils from the water and combine with the cooked rice.
  8. Chop the onion thinly and sauté with 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan, until the onion is caramelised.
  9. Mix the rice with the lentils and add the onions on top.

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