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Mujadara Lentils and Rice (Lebanese Rice)

Mujadara Lentils and Rice Recipe – This hearty vegan dish, also known as Lebanese Rice, is a favorite classic meal from the Middle East. Mujaddara is an easy and flavorful make-ahead meal, loaded with fabulous spices and topped with crispy fried caramelized onions!

mujadara lentils and rice recipe

What makes a comfort food a truly comforting dish?

Meals that make me feel happy inside and out are typically warm, savory, and include layers of flavor served together in one bowl. You should be able to use your fork or spoon to create bites that include a bit of all ingredients, with lots of different textures in each yummy mouthful.

The best comfort foods make magic out of the simplest, no-frills components. Combinations like beans and rice are perfect for cooking hearty dishes that are loaded with goodness, as well as making satisfying vegan and vegetarian dinners.

Classic Middle Eastern Mujadara Lentils and Rice, also known as Lebanese Rice, is a delicious one-pot recipe that’s super simple, terrifically rich, comforting, and even quite healthy!

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Easy Mujadara Lentils and Rice Recipe

This is a FABULOUS vegetarian dish that’s popular all throughout the Middle East… Especially in Lebanon and Israel. Mujadara is a dairy-free vegan meal consisting of hearty rice, tender lentils and spices, and is always topped with crispy, delightfully crunchy fried caramelized onions.

You can easily create a gluten-free version to make a delicious meal that accommodates nearly any dietary needs.

Plus, Mujadara Lentils and Rice is a marvelous make-ahead dinner and lunch. You’ll definitely be adding this Lebanese Rice recipe to your regular meal prep routine!

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What Ingredients You Need

Lots of spices = lots of flavor. There’s not much else to this easy yet incredibly satisfying Mujadara Lentils and Rice dish!

Here is everything needed to make homemade Lebanese Rice:

  • Green lentils – or brown lentils
  • Basmati rice – or brown rice
  • Vegetable broth – or water
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings – coriander seeds, cumin seeds (or ground cumin), salt, allspice seeds (or ground allspice), cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper

To make the crispy fried caramelized onions for topping, you need:

  • Sweet onions – white or yellow onions
  • All-purpose flour – or a gluten-free flour mix
  • Vegetable oil

We recommend chopped cilantro and lime wedges for garnishing the Mujadara.

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How to Make Lebanese Rice with Crispy Fried Onions

This easy Mujadara recipe is made in less than an hour, and requires only one pot for cooking the lentils and rice.

You’ll also need a skillet for making the fried onions, but that just takes a matter of a few minutes – and who doesn’t love a chance to add another layer of flavor to that classic cast iron piece of cookware?!

Here’s how to make classic Mujadara Lentils and Rice with Crispy Fried Onions:

First, set a large 6 quart pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil and all spices, and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant. This releases the flavors of the spices so they can fully penetrate the lentils and rice.

Next, add the dried lentils and vegetable broth. Stir well, then cover the pot and simmer the lentils for 15 minutes.

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After 15 minutes, stir in the dried rice. Cover and simmer again for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is soft

middle eastern rice cooked with lentils and spices

Meanwhile, make the Crispy Fried Onions:

  1. Set a cast iron skillet or large sauté pan over medium heat, and add the oil.
  2. While the oil is heating, toss the sliced onions with the flour. Once hot, add the onions to the oil.
  3. Stir and sauté the onions until they are soft, with dark crispy edges, about 15 minutes. You want to shoot for a medium brown color. Be sure to not let them get too dark, or they will have an unpleasant burnt taste.

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Once the rice is cooked and the onions are brown and crispy, move the lentils and rice to a serving bowl or individual bowls. Top with the caramelized onions, and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.

The flavors of the Lebanese Rice get even richer as all of the ingredients sit together. Mujadara Lentils and Rice is a great make-ahead dish for your meal prep menu! Cook and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I recommend keeping the fried onions separate, however, to avoid sogginess.

cilantro and crispy fried onions with lebanese rice

How Can I Make this a Gluten-Free Dish?

The Lentils and Rice themselves are already gluten-free! But to make this a completely GF-friendly dish, simply substitute the all-purpose flour with your favorite alternative GF baking mix to make the crispy fried onions.

What Goes Well with this Lebanese Rice Recipe?

Serve Mujadara Lentils and Rice warm as the main meal alongside a refreshing salad, like our Chopped Israeli Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. And this Fattoush Salad with Grilled Vegetables is incredibly hearty to enjoy with this dish.

We also recommend that you try Roasted Red Pepper Hummus as a tasty appetizer or side dish with Lebanese Lentils!

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Mujadara Lentils and Rice (Lebanese Rice)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Mujadara Lentils and Rice Recipe – This hearty vegan dish, also known as Lebanese Rice, is a favorite classic meal from the Middle East. Mujaddara is an easy and flavorful make-ahead meal, loaded with fabulous spices and topped with fried caramelized onions!
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

For the Lentils and Rice:

For the Caramelized Onions:

Garnishes:

  • chopped cilantro and lemon wedges

Instructions

  • Set a large 6 quart pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil and all spices. Sauté the spices for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the dried lentils and vegetable broth. Stir well. Then cover the pot and simmer the lentils for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, stir in the dried rice. Cover and simmer again for 15 minutes, or until the rice is soft.
  • Meanwhile, set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil.
  • While the oil is heating, toss the sliced onions with the flour. Once hot, add the onions to the oil.
  • Stir and sauté the onions until they are soft, with dark crispy edges, about 15 minutes. (Shoot for medium brown. Not too dark or they will taste burnt.)
  • Once the rice is cooked and the onions are brown and crispy, move the lentils and rice to a serving bowl and top with the caramelized onions.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. This dish is fantastic as a make-ahead meal prep!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 432kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Sodium: 1302mg, Potassium: 547mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 399IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Israeli, lebanese, Middle Eastern
Author: Sommer Collier

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One comment on “Mujadara Lentils and Rice (Lebanese Rice)”

  1. Amazing flavors and its vegan, score!