Mujadara – Lentils and Rice

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Mujadara is a rice and lentil dish topped with crispy onions fried in olive oil and served with yogurt and an arabic salad. The perfect simple meal. And so easy to make!



2 cups brown lentils

2 Cups Sela Basmati Rice

2 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tbsp Salt

2 onions, thinly sliced into wings

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cups olive oil


Rinse your lentils and make sure they are clean. Pour into a pot with the salt and cumin and cover with 6 cups of water. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until they’re tender. You don’t want them falling apart because they will cook a little more with the rice.

Once they’re cooked, strain them and set the cooking liquid aside. In the same pot, add your rinsed rice and the cooked lentils. Gently mix them together. Measure out 4 1/4 cups of the cooking liquid. Taste and add additional salt if needed. Pour on to the rice and lentils and bring to a boil. Once it boils, cover it with a lid and lower the heat to a low simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, untouched.

While the rice is cooking thinly slice your onions. Seperate the onion slices and place them in a ziploc bag with the flour. Shake to coat them. Heat the olive oil and fry the onions until golden brown. Set aside.

Fluff your cooked rice and sprinkle the fried onions on top. Serve with arabic salad and yogurt. Enjoy!