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Mujardarah - Lentils with Rice

What you need: 

1 cup of lentils
2 cups of rice
2 large onions
3 cups of water
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup oil
salt and pepper to taste

What you do: 

Combine lentils,water,salt,and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 7 minutes or until lentils are half cooked.
Add rice,cumin powder. Cook until water is asborbed and rice is tender. Quarter and slice onions. Fry in oil until dark brown. Drain onions and reserve( to garnish over mujardahrah) Pour the cooked oil over Mujardarah. Mix Well.
Garnish with onions. Serve with finely chopped cucmber and tomato.

Preparation Time: 
maybe half an hour
Cooking Time: 
Recipe Category: 


Am making this right now, for the umpteenth time. Caramelizing the onions is a labor of love- but it *smells* amazing! This is such a simple dish, but SO good. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.


carmelizing the onions is key for this recipe. it takes some time but is easy in a cast iron pan/pot because you can let it sit and stir it every once in a while if its on low low heat. DR really liked this and was surprised at how good it was. i made the rice with only 1 c and put the rice/lentils in my rice cooker. it was fast and easy. well, the onions took a while but other than that it was easy.  :)


This is a great dish when you need a filling sidedish or want to take a big bowl of something delicious to a potluck! It really is a crowd pleaser.

A few suggestions---try using bulgar instead of rice. For more flavor, carmelize your onions. This will take longer but it make a world of difference.

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