If you're looking for a quick and hearty meal with a tasty Middle Eastern spin, you've come to the right place. Lebanese mujadara is a wholesome dish packed with wonderful flavours, ready in just 30 minutes. Let us show you how to make it!
Mujadara is a humble dish that consists of lentils and rice cooked in vegetable stock and seasoned with earthy spices. Once soft and fluffy, the rice is topped with a generous serving of caramelised onions and served with freshly chopped coriander and a dollop of yogurt.
Also known as mujaddara or mujadarah, mujadara is a very popular dish in the Middle East, where lentils are a staple ingredient in many recipes. In some variations, the cooked lentils and rice are pureéd into a pudding-like consistency, but we like our mujadara chunky with intact grains and legumes.
In our recipe, we used dried green lentils, but you can also use the canned ones or other types of lentils, like brown or red. As for the rice, we opted for brown rice, which is higher in fibres and less refined than white rice, making it a healthier choice. The classic mujadara seasoning includes cumin and cinnamon, but we also added ground turmeric, which gives the rice a lovely colour.
What we love the most about this recipe are the caramelised onions. They're sweet and soft — a real delight. To make them, you'll need to slow cook finely sliced onions in a skillet for 20-30 minutes, which you can easily do whilst the rice and lentils cook. Just stir them frequently, add a splash of water if needed, and let the natural sugars in the onions slowly caramelise.
One serving of this Lebanese mujadara has only 360 calories, and yet it provides 30% of your RDI of proteins, 35% RDI of fibres, and only 10% RDI of fats. Enjoy it alone or with a refreshing tomato, cucumber, and mint salad. Oh, don't forget to top the rice with a nice big spoon of seasoned yogurt for maximum taste!