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Mujadara (Rice & Lentils dish)

Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: lebanese
Servings: 34 serving


  • ½ cup lentils Brown or Green - (I used whole masoor or brown )
  • ½ cup Rice - (I use Jasmine rice, but any long grain rice should work)
  • 1 Onions - large, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • to taste Salt


  • Soak rice for 15~20 minutes.
  • Cook the lentils until almost cooked through, they should hold their shape and should not be mushy at all. I pressure cooked the lentils for 3 whistles, but you can boil them in a pot with 2cups of water.
  • Once the lentils are par cooked, heat 3tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan, add the cumin seeds and cracked pepper and cook for 30 seconds; add the sliced onions and cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized and are deep brown in color.
  • Remove half of the onions into a bowl and set aside for garnish later.
  • To the remaining onions in the pot, add the drained rice along with ground cumin, cayenne and salt. Mix well and cook for 2~3 minutes. Add the cooked lentils and 2~3 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and cook covered until the rice is cooked through.
  • I pressure cooked everything for 2 whistles.
  • Serve the dish with the caramelized onions on top.
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