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Final bowl of mujadara served with onions, yogurt and mint
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Lebanese Mujadara

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern lentils and rice recipe made w caramelized onions. You only need three ingredients to make this simple vegan, protein-rich meal
Course Entree
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 312kcal
Author Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 6 onions 5 chopped, and 1 sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Instructions

  • Rinse lentils, strain and place in a large pot with 5 cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer and cook covered until the lentils are tender but not fully cooked, about 15 minutes. Most of the liquid should be absorbed.
  • Rinse the rice, then transfer to the pot of lentils and season with salt. Add 2 cups water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook covered until the rice is tender, about 18 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Allow the rice to rest in the pot for about 5 minutes, without opening the lid, to absorb all the liquid and steam.
  • In a separate large pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat and fry the chopped onions until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer on top of the lentils and rice mixture, add cumin and toss to combine.
  • In the same large pan used to cook the onions, heat the remaining olive oil on medium heat and fry the sliced onions until golden brown and caramelized, about 15 minutes. In the last couple minutes of frying the onions, you can turn up the heat to high to get a crispy texture.
  • Serve the caramelized onions on top of mujadara with yogurt and mint, if desired,

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 4-5 days in the fridge.
Freezing Instructions: You can freeze the mujadara for up to 3 months. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and microwave until heated through.
Make Ahead Tips: You can chop the onions in advance up to a day before and even caramelize the sliced onions beforehand in order to reduce the prep time.
Sourcing: You can find the green lentils at Middle Eastern markets, natural-foods stores or even in large supermarkets, often located with other Middle Eastern ingredients.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of green lentils, you can use brown lentils.
  • Instead of white rice, you can use brown rice or bulgur/cracked wheat.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3.9mg