Mujadara is an arabic word that means “pockmarked.” Mujadara is served across the Middle East in various forms and goes by differing names, depending on where you are. It’s a beautiful dish layered with lentils and rice at the bottom, followed by caramelized onions.

  •  Prep Time: 15 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  •  Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients of Mujadara

  • 1 cup dried green lentils
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ¾ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • Salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

How to Make Mujadara

  1. Put the oil in a pan and fry onions into a medium heat for 30 minutes.
  2. While the onions cook, place the lentils in pan. Cover them with water and place the pot over high heat.
  3. When water boil, lower the heat and allow it to simmer for until the lentils are tender.
  4. After switch off the gas srain the lentils into a colander.
  5. Raise the heat under the onions to medium, add the garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, and cook 1 minute more, until very fragrant.
  6. Stir in the broth and rice.
  7. Cook the mixture to untill the rice is cooked for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the pot from heat.
  9. Put lemon juice and cilantro into the pot with the rice.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Divide the mujadara onto plates and garnish with caramelized onions.