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mujadarrah lebanese lentils and rice

Mujadarrah Lebanese Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions

  • Author: Lily
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Mujadarrah is Lebanese lentils and rice with caramelized onions. It's vegan-friendly and made with 4 ingredients! 


  • 1 lb (500 gram) bag brown lentils
  • 2/3 cup rice (any type of rice)
  • 2 large onions (or 3 medium onions)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste


Make the Lentils and Rice

  1. Soak the lentils in water for a minimum of 3 hours (preferably overnight).
  2. Cook the lentils on medium-high heat in a large pot of water for about 1 hour (cover with a lid). Make sure there is adequate water in the pot (about 3 inches above the lentils). Stir the lentils every 15 minutes.
  3. After 1 hour of cooking, remove from the stovetop.
  4. Place a bowl under a strainer. Pour the lentils into the strainer in order to strain the lentils and liquid from one another. Add the lentils back to the pot.
  5. Measure back 3 cups of the liquid. Add the rice. 
  6. Turn the lentils down to medium-low heat and cover. Cook for an additional 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Make sure the stove is in a low setting otherwise the lentils can burn on the bottom.
  7. Season with salt. The final mixture should be thick.

Make the Caramelized Onions

  1. Peel and slice the onions thinly into long pieces.
  2. In a nonstick pan on medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add the onions. Once the onions start to brown, turn the heat to medium heat. Slowly cook the onions for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Once the onions are a caramel brown color, remove from the stove.

Assemble the Mujadarrah

  1. Add half of the caramelized onions to the lentils and rice. Using a handheld immersion blender, blend everything together until smooth. 
  2. Pour the mujadarrah into a large dish. Top with the remaining caramelized onions.
  3. Serve with pita bread and shredded cabbage salad.


  1. If using a food processor in lieu of a handheld blender, add the mixture to the food processor. Blend on high until smooth. Pour the mujadarrah into a large dish.
  2. To save time making this dish, caramelize the onions while the lentils are cooking.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 258 calories
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 143 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: mujadara, mujadarra, mujadarrah, lebanese lentils and rice, vegan lentils and rice

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