16 Aug


Mujaddara is filling, tasty and cheap as chips.

It was staple fare in my student years – along with mushroom barley soup (that stuff lasts forever), ratatouille, and the enticingly-named “lentil shit”.

I’d make a big pot of mujaddara one meal, then reheat portions in a frying pan with a splash of water (no microwaves in those days…)

My mujaddara recipe has evolved over the years, but the elements remain the same – rice and lentils, cooked with spices and topped with fried onions.

(serves 6)

  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils, rinsed
  • 4 Tb sunflower oil
  • 3 onions, halved and sliced into thin rings
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the lentils, lower to a simmer and cook until just tender (about 15 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  2. While the lentils are cooking, heat half the oil in a large skillet over a medium flame.
  3. Fry the onions until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel and wipe out the skillet.
  4. Add the remaining oil and heat over a medium-flame. Add the rice, stirring to coat. Stir in the cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add the lentils, stirring to combine.
  6. Pour over 2 1/2 cups of water, stir, then cover with a lid. Turn the heat to low and cook for about twenty minutes.
  7. Turn the heat off the leave the pan to sit without removing the lid for an another ten minutes to ensure the rice is cooked through.
  8. Serve topped with the fried onions.



5 Responses to “Mujaddara”

  1. Margo August 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Loved this dish from Ottolenghi’s “Jerusalem” cookbook. Got hooked on the onion component; they were coated in flour and then fried. A bit decadent, but oh so tasty.

    • Andrea August 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      A lot of versions of this dish out there. I’ve done the Ottolenghi flour thing as well sometimes, and it does result in a nice crispy onion.

  2. boowholefoods August 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

    What a great recipe! I bet it’s delicious 😊

    • Andrea August 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      It’s nothing fancy, but I find these kind of dishes extremely satisfying…:)

  3. Megala August 20, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    Interesting recipe !

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