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Photo of prepared Mujaddara
Photo attribution: My Tu Duong
Ready In: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves: 4
Dairy-freeGluten-freeLow Added SugarVeganVegetarianLow Sodium
Mujaddara is a traditional rice and lentil dish which gets a sweet, earthy flavor from caramelized onions.

What you'll need

Large pot (stockpot) with lid
Large skillet
Slotted spoon


Serves 4
1/2 cup Brown Lentils rinsed
1 1/2 cups Water
1 1/2 cups Onions roughly chopped
4 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 tablespoon Ground Cumin
2/3 cup Long-grain White Rice cooked
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste


1.Place the lentils in heavy pot with a tight fitting lid. Add water simmer over medium-low heat uncovered until they are soft about 20-30 minutes.
2.When lentils are soft, remove from heat and add a pinch of salt, cover and set aside.
3.Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and a pinch of salt, reduce heat to medium-low and start to brown onions, stirring every few minutes.
4.Continue to cook onions, stirring often, until they are deeply browned and caramelized, about 20-25 minutes. Don't rush this step; the onions will be bitter if they're cooked at high heat.
5.Sprinkle cumin into the onions and sauté 1-2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked lentils to the pan with the onions, leaving behind any water that is not absorbed.
6.Gently fold cooked rice into the lentils and caramelized onions. Separating any clumps of rice, heating for a minute or two if the rice is not hot.
7.Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 0.50 cup

Serving Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 267
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15 g19%
Saturated Fat 1 g5%
Sodium 125 mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 28 g10%
Dietary Fiber 4 g14%
Protein 8 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: