Mujaddara Recipe



  • 2 portions lentils (i used dried red lentils this time. proportions of lentils to rice should be 2:1 for optimal yumminess)
  • 1 portion brown basmati rice/wild rice (or you can use bulgur wheat, or quinoa, or pearl barley, etc. etc.)
  • onions - at least 1 whole onion per person, peeled & sliced
  • garlic - 1 peeled clove per person
  • lots of good olive oil
  • ground cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • greek yoghurt to serve with (optional)
  • parsley for garnishing (optional)

How to make Mujaddara

mujaddara, or lentils & rice, is the simplest thing to make ever. it's perfect for when i'm starving after a long day, & don't feel particularly inclined to do anything more strenuous than chopping up onions & caramelizing them slowly over a low fire. it's also really healthful, but soothing food.

  1. wash the lentils & rice. cook them together like you would rice (i just bung everything in the rice cooker, but you can do this on the stovetop), together with a dash of salt & pepper, about a teaspoonful or more of ground cumin, & the peeled, whole garlic cloves.

  2. now, caramelize the onions (slooowly, onions will burn), in lots of good olive oil.
    when done, set aside.

  3. the rice & lentils should be done by now. stir the caramelized onions & olive oil into the lentils+rice, adding more olive oil if you feel like it, which i always do.

  4. taste, & adjust seasonings. more cumin, salt & pepper if necessary. a few drops of lemon juice to brighten it up. sprinkle fresh parsley over, if using, & serve with a dollop of greek yoghurt on the side.

  5. a great salad to serve with this is one of chopped fresh tomatoes, red onions, & cucumber, sprinkled with more olive oil, salt, & fresh parsley. i think this is a fairly common middle-eastern mezze-type salad. or, a turkish aubergine salad. yum!

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    sounds yum! and easy :) a must try for lazy cooks like me

  • Danika
    Danika says

    This sounds delicious! And perfect for this poor student who always spends all her money before pay day!!

  • mskatiekat
    mskatiekat says

    This is amazing. I'm a busy girl myself that I barely have time to spend in the kitchen! I actually have ALL the ingredients you listed above and will be trying this sometime this week! Thanks for posting!

  • mskatiekat
    mskatiekat says

    I tried this today (for breakfast! LOL)... It's Yum!!!

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