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Mujaddara Recipe

Mujaddara Recipe

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  • Author: Honest Cooking
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4


Mujaddara is a classic Middle Eastern dish known for its simple ingredients and rich flavors. It consists of lentils and rice, seasoned with a variety of aromatic spices, and topped with caramelized onions.


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  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and soaked
  • 3/4 cup French lentils, rinsed and drained
  • Aromatics: 1 bay leaf, several black peppercorns, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 green chili (sliced and deseeded)
  • Cilantro coriander (for garnish)

For serving (optional):

  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Lemon juice


  1. Prepare the Lentils:
    • In a pot, add lentils and cover with about 5 cups of water. Add a generous pinch of salt, bay leaf, peppercorns, cloves, and sliced green chili.
    • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 25-30 minutes until the lentils are tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the Rice:
    • Drain the soaked basmati rice. In a pot, combine the rice with 1 and 1/2 cups of water and the aromatics (clove, peppercorns, and cinnamon stick).
    • Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave covered for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Caramelize the Onions:
    • In a large pan, heat a mix of butter and olive oil. Add sliced onions and season with salt and pepper.
    • Cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes, allowing onions to soften and become light brown. Add more oil or water as needed to prevent sticking. Once light brown, increase heat slightly to finish caramelizing to a deeper brown.
  4. Combine and Serve:
    • In a serving bowl, mix the cooked rice, lentils, and caramelized onions.
    • Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve optionally with Greek yogurt mixed with fresh mint and a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • Ensure the lentils and rice are not overcooked to maintain texture.
  • Adjust the amount of green chili according to your spice preference.
  • Can be served hot or at room temperature.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Iraqi
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