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Middle Eastern Rice and Lentils (Mujadara)

Middle Eastern Rice and Lentils (Mujadara) is a delicious vegan side dish made with red lentils, basmati rice, caramelized onions and aromatic spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: 30 Minute Meals, Cardiac Friendly, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegan
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4
Calories: 375kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 1 cup basmati rice
    (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
    gluten free
  • 1 cup red lentils
    (dals) (rinsed and drained and picked over for things that don’t belong)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped


  • Place your basmati rice in a small sauce pot and add the vegetable broth or water, cover with a tight fitting lid and bring to a boil, then turn down heat to slow simmer for about 12 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  • At the same time, place your washed and picked over red lentils and water in a pot uncovered, place in 1 bay leaf and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes or just until the red lentils are tender. (Do NOT salt the water as this makes the lentils tough) Drain lentils and set aside.
  • In a separate pan add olive oil and onions and cook over low medium heat until caramelized, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the cooked red lentils and caramelized onions to the cooked basmati rice and add salt and pepper to taste, cumin and roughly chopped fresh cilantro and stir to combine.
  • Enjoy!


This recipe dish is fantastic as part of our Middle Eastern Party Feast
If you are going for that super Sunday Meal plan, our Middle Eastern Ground Lamb Kabobs gets great reviews. A refreshing Easy Tabbouleh Lebanese Salad and Lemon Rose Cardamom Cheesecake Mousse for a sweet ending to the meal.
Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. We do not recommend freezing rice as it changes the texture. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4mg