Mujadarra (Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions)

Kalyn's KitchenReviews(21)
Dee: "I liked it its a nice comfort food i also made th…" Read More


  • 3/4 cup long grain white rice (I used Uncle Ben's Converted Rice)
  • 1 cup brown lentils (rinsed)
  • 3 cups yellow onions (cut into quarter slices, or more)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (use high-quality olive oil with good flavor for this dish)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
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Calories500Calories from Fat170
Total Fat19g29%
Saturated Fat2.5g13%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat170
Total Carbohydrate67g22%
Dietary Fiber18g72%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Dee 19 Jul
I liked it its a nice comfort food i also made the tomato salad
Jane P. 9 Jul
Made this dish twice with months in between in case I messed up the first time. But both times it came out dry. I used brown rice this time but kept the rest the same. The dish was okay.
I love this dish! I keep it in my recipe box under the heading "Cheap" because it is so inexpensive--it's a real budget saver at the end of the month. Those caramelized onions are so good; I always want more no matter how many I've made (tonight I used four yellow onions). I use my cast iron skillet heat on 4/10 and cook those babies until they're brown and sweet. With a generous amount of salt in the lentils, this dish hits those salty, sweet, and carb cravings all at once. Thanks, Kaylyn!
Kathy 3 May
Very good would add some water from the lentils because mine was a little dry
Aakanksha 27 Mar
I used a few different ingredients (brown rice and red onions), and it turned out alright. I may not make this again.
Trisha 26 Mar
It was delicious but I altered the recipe by adding garlic, Tamari Sauce and roasted sunflower seeds to the rice. I also seasoned the Lentils with garlic, salt, and pepper. And I used vegetable broth to *sauté my onions in (no oil). // *To sauté vegetables in water or broth, you just need to add a little water at a time. They will caramelize just as they would using oil.
Delicious! Added some ras el hanout seasoning and it was perfect
C H. 25 Jan
Not bad. Not great either. I LOVE onions so I thought this would be wonderful. . . Bland. Not worth the amount of onions necessary.
Alexa 24 Jan
Delicious! I love onions next time I will cook more onions!
Rita Mays 7 Jan
This was surprisingly delicious. can't wait to try some additional spices mentioned in other reviews.
Serena Linton 10 Sep 2017
This dish went down a treat! My only regret is not making more onions. I seasoned my lentils with garlic, ginger, a dash of jerk seasoning, black pepper and a little salt! Tastaaayy!
Hrvoje H. 25 Aug 2017
This ended up being really good, gonna make it again for sure!
Sharlene C. 30 Jul 2017
Absolutely delicious!!! I grounded fennel and coriander seeds along with the cumin. I added fresh garlic to the onions after I browned them and a tiny bit of ghee. Then I mixed in the beans. Even though I browned the onion slightly too long they were still tasty. My daughter and I love this dish! Thank you so much for sharing. I will make this often.
Hey 19 Jul 2017
Delicious, can the spices blend together and fill the kitchen with amazing smell!
Rachelle Richards 23 May 2017
Turned out great! I used recommendation someone else mentioned about adding butter and brown sugar when cooking onions. Also, if you think you have enough onions, add more. May look like a lot, buy by the time they're caramelized there is half what you thought :) will definitely make again. I also used canned lentils because it's all i had on hand. Still delicious
Cynthia H. 29 Mar 2017
Very good. It is a very easy dish that I group up on being Lebanese. We always eat it with dill pickle and raw onion.
Nina W. 9 Oct 2016
This is the best dish. Simple and delicious. The onions are the key, cook slow and steady, I add a bit of butter and sugar to assist in the caramelization process which adds another layer of complexity. Tonight I added chickpeas and spinach and used broth instead of water to add flavor. Otherwise perfect, I serve with grilled marinated chicken.
Audrey K. 1 Aug 2016
I thought this was really good and surprisingly full of flavor. It was subtle and on the mild side in terms of punch but I really loved it. Made good leftovers too. I probably took the warning about keeping onions on low too seriously because they didn't crisp up, but the flavor was still there
Beatrice V. 23 Apr 2016
I added extra onion and the deeply browned flavour was lovely when paired with the suggested tomato salad.
Jazz Foster 18 Apr 2016
Not very flavourful. I added chilli flakes, curry, smoked paprika, ginger and Garamond masala and garlic.
Linnea S. 11 Oct 2015
An excellent (vegan) dish. Easy to cook, the materials are about as cheap as you can get and doesn't take all that much time either, at least if your rice and lentils are the fast sort. Serve with white vinegar, it really coplements this dish well!