Lebanese Mujadara

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Lebanese Mujadara is a lentil and rice, satisfying and simple dinner recipe! This one-pot healthy meal is vegan, low fat and full of flavor. With only a handful of ingredients, this simple Lebanese inspired dish is ready in about 40 minutes and requires very little work. Perfect for meal prep too! 

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Lebanese Mujadara

Growing up, I never really appreciated Mujadara, but thankfully I have smarter taste buds these days. 

As far as vegetarian lentil recipes go, they don’t come much easier to make than this one.  This vegan lentils and rice dish is one of my favorite meatless meals to make!

The result is a hearty side dish or main packed with flavor that’s naturally vegan and gluten-free!

how to make mujadara with rice

What is Mujadara?

Mujadara is a traditional vegan Middle Eastern Lentil and rice dish. It is served and cooked in different forms, and goes by different names depending on the culture. Here’s a list of alternative names and pronunciation: mujaddara, mjadara mjadarah, majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra.

In this Lebanese Mujadara recipe, I use brown lentils and long grain rice. Lebanese Mujadara is also often made with red lentils- also known as Mujadara Hamra. Here is the recipe for Red Lentil Mujadara.

Ingredients for Lebanese Mujadara:

If you’re like me, you’ll likely have all of these humble ingredients to make this Lebanese Lentil and rice dish on hand. They’re staples in my house, so this dish can easily be whipped up on a whim for dinner. 

  • Brown Lentils: Brown lentils are the most commonly used lentils in Mujadara.  They take about 25-30 minutes to cook.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Onion: Lots of onions- you will need to cut some into wedges and dice the rest.
  • Long grain rice: Such as Uncle Be’s. You can also use fine bulgur in place of rice.
  • Salt: To taste.
With this four ingredients recipe: Lentils, rice, onions and salt; you can make a very simple and healthy vegan meal. Mujadara! Growing up, I never really appreciated Mujadara, but thankfully I have smarter taste buds these days. 

Caramelized Onions for Lebanese Mujadara Recipe:

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- Lebanese Lentils and Rice 

  • 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 the 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 3 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!
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This Mujadara recipe is made with brown lentils.

If you choose a different type of lentils, you will need to adjust the cooking time. The lentils and rice cook together in one pot, and feed a crowd.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Wondering what to serve with Lebanese Mujadara?

This lentil dish is really delicious and it’s pretty filling. I usually serve it with this Lebanese Cabbage Salad, some people also serve it with plain yogurt and pita bread.

Mujadara can be enjoyed hot but it’s also delicious served at room temperature or cold and it tastes even better the next day.

CAN YOU MAKE LEBANESE MUJADARA AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes, this Lebanese lentil and rice dish can be made up to 4 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove. This recipe can also be frozen in individual servings and reheated from frozen or defrosted in the fridge before reheating. 

WHAT KIND OF RICE DO YOU NEED TO USE IN MUJADARA RECIPE?

This recipe calls for rice that will cook along side the lentils. You will want to use a type of rice that doesn’t’ get over cooked while the lentils are cooking. I prefer long grain rice, such as Uncle Bens over short or medium grain rice because it adds a better texture to this dish. 

More Meatless Meals to Make:

Quinoa Hummus Bowl

Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas

Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chickpeas

Lebanese Ful Medames

Not only is this Lebanese Mujadara delicious, but with protein packed lentils, it’s very nutritious too! I hope you try and enjoy this Mediterranean-inspired rice and lentils for an easy vegan meal any night of the week.

If you enjoyed this Lebanese Mujadara recipe, it would be tremendously helpful, if you left a star rating in the comments below or on the recipe card. Do you have any questions about this recipe or do you need a swap for any of the ingredients? I am here to help, just leave me a question in the comments below.

The Best Lebanese Mujadara Recipe: 

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Mujadara

Yield: 4 plates
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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

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 3 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!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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10 Comments

  1. Delicious mujadara recipe!! I like it with less rice and more lentils like you did. Came out delicious

  2. I also didn’t like Mujadara when I was little but now it’s a favorite. I made your recipe today and my 12 months old devoured it! I love to introduce Lebanese food especially lentil recipes to him.

    1. Haha, yeah it is funny how our taste buds change as we grow older! Glad you and your little one enjoyed my Lebanese Mujadara recipe 🙂

  3. This lentil mujadara recipe was so good! Love that you add little rice, just like my mom used to make it.

    1. I agree, I love little rice in my mujadara. I think the mjadara with more rice than lentil, is actually called mudardara. But I could be wrong.

  4. How to make mujadara recipe? Pour water into the pot with salt, bring to simmer and let it cook for about 30-40 minutes until the lentil and rice is completely cooked.

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