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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 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
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. 
  • You can use other kinds of rice such as medium grain rice or even brown rice. Remember the cooking time and the amount of water used would vary depending on the type of rice you're using. 
  • Freezing instructions: Transfer the rice and lentils into freezer safe containers and freeze for up to three months. To serve, you can either use a microwave or transfer the rice to a small pot and add ⅓ cup water, cover and heat over medium low until warm and heated through. 


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