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Mujaddara is an inexpensive, gluten free, vegan, healthy, flavorful and filling main dish. The main flavour of this rice dish comes from the caramelized onions. It is usually served with a salad and some yogurt, hummus or tahini sauce.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4


  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ cup lentils
  • 2 large white onions (approx. 200g)
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or minced
  • cups water or vegetable stock
  • ¼ tsp clove powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¾ -1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • Wash the lentils in a sieve under running water.
  • Soak the lentils in enough warm water for 30 minutes.
  • Wash the rice and soak it in the measured water or vegetable stock.
  • Peel and cut the onions into thin vertical slices.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add the sliced onions and ¼ tsp salt from the measured amount. Lower the heat.
  • Allow the onions to become brown or caramelize. Make sure you stir the onions frequently so that they brown evenly. This will take about 10 minutes.
  • When the onions have caramelized, use a slotted spoon and remove half of them. Set it aside for topping.
  • To the remaining onion in the pan add garlic and cumin seeds. Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Drain the water out from the lentils if there is any. Add the lentils to the caramelized onions in the pan.
  • Add rice along with the stock or water.
  • Add the spices and salt.
  • Mix well. Increase the heat to medium.
  • Cover the pan and allow the rice and lentil to cook for 25 -30 minutes or until both are cooked.
  • Garnish the rice with the caramelized onion that was set aside and some mint leaves.
  • Serve with some yogurt and salad.


  • If you have not soaked the lentils then cook them first for 20 minutes. Then add the rice.
  • Caramelize the onions properly as the main flavour is from that.
  • Garnish with fresh mint, flat parsley or coriander/cilantro.
  • Can use brown rice. However, cooking time will increase.
  • Serve Mujaddara with yogurt, hummus or tahini and a salad.
Keyword Mujaddara Recipe, Mujaddara, Rice & Lentil Pilaf