Mujadarrah (Lentils and rice with fried onions)

Mujadarrah (Lentils and rice with fried onions)


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About this recipe: This may sound like a plain recipe, but believe me, it's wonderful! It is an easy-to-make Middle Eastern comfort food that combines lentils, rice and delicious fried onions. For best results, caramelise the onions as dark as you can without burning them - this releases their natural sweetness.

Melissa Mueller

Serves: 4 

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  • 240g uncooked green lentils
  • 140g uncooked long-grain white rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • plain yoghurt (optional)

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the onions, and cook for about 10 minutes, until softened and caramelised. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. Place lentils in a medium saucepan with enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir rice and enough water to cover into the saucepan with the lentils. Season with salt and pepper. Cover saucepan, and continue to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until rice and lentils are tender.
  4. Mix half the onions into the lentil mixture. Top with yoghurt and remaining onions to serve.

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Reviews (1)


Nice tasty dish perfect for lunch. Found this lack of spice a little bland so tweaked by using chilli salt and cooking onions with cumin - 04 Jan 2016

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