Mujadara (Lebanese Rice & Lentils with Caramelized Onions)

Mujadara is one of my favorite pantry meals! So simple, so filling, and delicious.


  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 3 cups broth (or water)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 onions, sliced into half moons
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse lentils, strain and place in a large pot with 2 cups water or broth and cinnamon stick. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer and cook covered until the lentils are tender but not fully cooked, about 15 minutes. Most of the liquid should be absorbed.
  2. While lentils cook, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and add onions. Let cook while stirring regularly.
  3. Rinse the rice, then transfer to the pot of lentils.
  4. Add 1 cup broth/water to the lentil/rice pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook covered until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Check to see if more water is needed to cook.  If so add another 1/4 cup and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Allow the rice to rest in the pot with lentils for about 5 minutes, without opening the lid, to absorb all the liquid and steam.
  6. Keep an eye on your onions. They should be getting browned after 20-25 minutes. At the end of cooking add cumin and stir well.
  7. Mix the lentils, rice, and onions all together and add salt to taste (add less salt if you used broth and it has added salt.)
  8. To serve, remove cinnamon stick, add a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

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