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Lentils, rice, and caramelized onions
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1 cup dried brown lentils (rinsed, small stones or debris removed)
  • 4 cups water – divided (chicken, lamb or beef stock can be substituted for non-vegetarians - divided)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 large onions ( thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley (chopped)


Directions for cooking Lentils:

  • In a saucepan, add the lentils, 2 cups of the water or stock, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil; cook about 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan, and cook about 25-30 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Add more liquid, if necessary.
  • Remove from heat, drain excess liquid, if necessary. Set aside.

Rice preparation:

  • While lentils are cooking, start preparing the rice. In a second saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Add the rice and saute about 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 2 cups of water or stock, bringing it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and cook about 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Set aside.

Onion preparation:

  • While the rice is cooking, begin preparing the onions. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 3 Tbsp. of olive oil using a medium heat setting.
  • Saute the onions for about 8-10 minutes, or until they begin to tenderize and caramelize, turning a deep-golden brown.

To Assemble the Mujadareh:

  • In a mixing bowl, gently combine the lentils and rice. Arrange on a serving platter.
  • Spread the onions on top, and sprinkle with chopped parsley


OK, I know some of you are saying – TOO MUCH WORK. Well here’s a short-cut version.
Short-cut mujadarah
Serves 4-5
1-15 oz can lentils, rinsed & drained
2 cups leftover, plain cooked rice – or instant rice
1 to 2 onions ( depends on how much onion you like), sliced and sauteed in olive oil until golden brown.
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parsley, chopped
1. Combine the lentils and cooked rice,thoroughly heating them. Place on serving platter.
2. Top with sauteed onions.
3. Sprinkle with parsley.
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