Mujadara

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Mujadara is a traditional Middle Eastern Lentil and rice dish. Mujadara is served in different forms, and goes by different names depending on the culture. Here’s a list of alternative names and pronunciation: mujaddara, mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra. Growing up, I never really appreciated Mujadara, but thankfully I have smarter taste buds these days. 

If you are looking for Lebanese recipes, you will vegan Lebanese Mujadara recipe.

What is Mujadara?

Mujadara is meat-free dish made with four ingredients: Lentils, rice, onions and olive oil; all cooked together and topped with a layer of caramelized onions. In this Mujadara recipe, I use brown lentils. You can also use red lentils, here is the recipe for Red Lentil Mujadara– also known as Mujadara Hamra. With respect to the rice, I prefer long grain rice such as uncle bens over basmati rice because it adds a better texture to this Mujadara recipe. 

If you are looking for vegan lentil recipes, you will love this Lebanese Mujadara.

Caramelized Onions for Mujadara Recipe (Mujaddara):

Mujadara takes lots of onions, that’s where all the flavor comes in. You will thinly dice the majority (about 3) of the onions and cook them with the lentils and rice and you’ll slice one large onion into wedges and caramelize it to serve on top of the mujadara. The caramelized onions on top are optional. 

How To Make Lebanese Mujadara: Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions

  • In the large non-stick pan heat two tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat for a few minutes. You know your oil is ready when you add a piece of onion and it sizzles on contact. Add 1 large wedged onion and fry until golden brown and caramelized mixing frequently for about 15 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and set aside to serve on top of mujadara later. 

  • In the same pan, heat the rest of the olive oil on medium heat and fry 3 large thinly chopped onions until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

 

  • Add rinsed lentils, salt and about 5 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender – This will take about 20 minutes, and most the water will get absorbed by the lentils or boil off
  • Now add the rinsed rice and another 2 cups of warm water. Bring mixture back to boil, cover the pot and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice and lentils are both cooked through – this will take about 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to bottom of skillet.
  • Taste and adjust salt. 
  • Transfer Mujadara to serving plates immediately while still hot.
  • Top each plate with caramelized onions if you’d like. 
  • Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. 
  • Enjoy!

If you are looking for meatless meals and meatless dinners, you will love this easy rice and lentil mujadara recipe.

The Best Mujadara Recipe: 

Yield: 4 plates

Mujadara

Mujadara

With this four ingredients recipe: Lentils, rice, onions and olive oil; you can make a very simple and healthy vegan meal. Mujadara!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. In the large non-stick pan heat two tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat for a few minutes. You know your oil is ready when you add a piece of onion and it sizzles on contact. Add the 1 large wedged chopped onion and fry until golden brown and caramelized mixing frequently, about 15 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and set aside to serve on top of mujadara later. 
    2. In the same pan, heat another two tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat and fry 3 thinly chopped onions until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
    3. Add rinsed lentils, salt and about 5 cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender – This will take about 20 minutes, and most the water will get absorbed. 
    4. Now add the rinsed rice and another 2 cups of warm water. Bring mixture back to boil, cover the pot and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice and lentils are both cooked through – this will take about 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to bottom of skillet.
    5. Taste and adjust salt. 
    6. Transfer Mujadara to serving plates immediately while still hot.
    7. Top each plate with caramelized onions if you’d like. 
    8. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature with your favorite salad and pita bread.
    9. Enjoy!

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