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Mujadara Lebanese lentil and rice
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Mujadara (Lebanese Lentils & Rice)

An authentic Lebanese mujadara recipe of lentils and rice. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. An inexpensive meal to feed the whole family.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Janelle Hama



  • 2.5 cups Brown lentils
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 6 cups water 3 cups for soaking and 3 cups for cooking
  • 600 g Onion divided (½ finely sliced & ½ finely diced)
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • ¾ tablespoon Salt


Onion Topping

  • Over high heat olive oil in pot and add finely sliced onion, fry until dark brown, set onion aside


  • In the same pot, using same oil fry finely diced onion until lightly golden 
    golden onion
  • Add lentils and salt. Submerge in water (covering lentils at least 1cm above), cook on med-high heat until lentils are par boiled
    lentils in water
  • Add rice and bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and allow contents to cook, stirring no more than three times. This should take around 15 minutes
    rice and lentils in water
  • Serve topped with caramelised onion
    caramelised onion



  • It's best to wash lentils in cold water and then soak for about 30 minutes prior to cooking
  • Step 2 - you may require to add an additional teaspoon of olive oil if too much was taken out at step 1
  • Step 3 & 4 -  you may need to add additional water to ensure all contents is submerged in 1cm of water
  • To identify par boiled lentils, simply pick out a couple of lentils using your thumb and index finger, squeeze between the two and if the lentil has a soft outer and hard inner, then it is par boiled
  • Be careful when caramelising onion, toward the end it will brown fast and it's often a matter of seconds before it burns
  • When cooking mujadara, the entire recipe is always cooked in one pot. No need to fuss about additional washing. Get yourself a bottom heavy pot, thin pots will burn the rice and may turn out mushy. 
  • Do not over stir the rice as this will cause it to break apart and become mushy
  • Don’t use quick cook microwave rice
  • Serving suggestion will yield left overs


Serving: 150g | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5mg