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Mujadara Lebanese Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions

Mujadara is a simple Lebanese lentil and rice dish with crispy onions that's packed with flavor. This lentils and rice recipe calls for only a few ingredients and is very easy to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, middle eastern
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 761kcal


Caramelized Onion

  • 5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions thinly sliced


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 ½ cup lentils
  • 1 ½ cup long grain rice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt


Caramelized onion

  • Heat olive oil over in a pan over medium heat. Cook onions until brown and golden. Set aside. 


  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Saute onion until golden brown.
  • Add in lentils and cook for two to three minutes. 
  • Add rice, cumin and cinnamon to the lentils. Stir well so everything is completely combined. 
  • Pour water into the pot with salt, bring to simmer and let it cook for about 30-40 minutes until the lentil and rice is completely cooked. 
  • Mix the lentils and rice with caramelized onion and serve with plain yogurt and salad. 


  • You can use jasmine or brown rice for Mujadara recipe but cooking time will be different. 
  • Check the rice after 30 minutes and if it's not cooked, add ¼ cup more water. 


Calories: 761kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 901mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 7mg