Lentil With Rice Mujadara

Mujadara – A Lebanese side dish which was introduced to me while at a friend’s gathering. It was served as a warm appetizer in small plates with caramelized onion on top and chilled yogurt and cucumber salad on the side.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking

PIN TO MAKE LATER

I tasted a hint of cumin and cinnamon in the mujadara served. I loved everything about this dish, the smell, the texture, and of course the taste. The next day, out of pure curiosity I have tried to prepare Mujadara.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking

Making Mujadara

I don’t know how I forgot to add cumin and cinnamon! Maybe I was over excited? but you know what? I’m glad that I did, the taste was even better. The olive oil with the caramelized onion added a unique kick to this dish.

Mujadara is so good it’s not served as an appetizer in my house but as a meal. It is light, full of flavor, and complementary to any meat it is served with.

I’ve tried it with fried chicken, baked, fish, even with steak, and the combination was always mind-blowing. Pssssst! You can have mujadara on its own and you’ll still fall in love.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking There are no words to describe just how good Mujadara tastes. In fact, you can serve it with your favorite salad on the side if you are vegetarian and it will keep you full for a long time.

This dish is originally Vegan but I liked the taste better when adding chicken stock. You can go ahead and use vegetable stock or onion soup after diluting it with water.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking

Use Any Type of Rice You Desire

One more thing that I like about Mujadara is the fact that you can use any type of rice you want in making it. I have tried it so far with long grain rice (basmati), parboiled rice, and short grain rice, and it always tasted awesome, but my favorite is the short grain rice version just because it’s my favorite type of rice. However, you cannot replace the Brown Lentils with another type of lentils.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking To make life easy for you I am sharing two ways of cooking this delight. One using a regular pan and cooking on stove top, the other by using a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker is a life saver but you have to be careful when using it.

The only step that might be time-consuming is caramelizing the onion, and please never skip this step because it is the reason why the Mujadara has its beautiful color and outstanding flavor.

If you wish, you can use store-bought fried onions. In case you decided to use store bought onions, shallow fry it again in olive oil, since olive oil and caramelized onion are both essentials in this recipe.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking

Let me teach you how to make Mujadara from scratch!

Lentil With Rice Mujadara
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup long grain rice (wash and then soak for 15 minutes.)
  • ½ cup brown lentils (wash and then soak for 15 minutes.)
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon or vegetable bouillon
  • 2½ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. COOKING IN REGULAR PAN:
  2. In a saucepan, boil enough water to cover the brown lentils. Add the lentils and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Strain it and set it aside.
  3. Fry the onion in olive oil until golden brown in color. Keep aside.
  4. In a medium pot, add 2½ cup water and let it come to a boil. Add the previously cooked lentils, salt, and the chicken bouillon stir for one minute.
  5. Add the rice and ¾ of the previously fried onions along with the olive oil, let it boil for 20 seconds.
  6. Reduce heat to the lowest, cover the pan properly and let cook for 15 minutes. Uncover, and gently stir the rice, cover again and let it cook for another 12 -13 minutes.
  7. Serve hot and use remaining fried onion to garnish.
  8. USING A PRESSURE COOKER:
  9. Fry the onion in olive oil until golden brown in color. Keep aside.
  10. Add the drained rice and lentils to the pressure cooker. Add to it 2 ¼ cup water.
  11. Add the chicken or vegetable bouillon, salt, and ¾ of the fried onion along with the olive oil.
  12. Close the pressure cooker and place on the stove. Keep the heat on high. After the first whistle, turn off the heat and allow the pressure cooker to release the steam on its own, this might take 20 minutes or so. DO NOT OPEN THE PRESSURE COOKER IMMEDIATELY AFTER TURNING OF THE HEAT. MAKE SURE THAT THE PRESSURE COOKER IS NOT HOLDING ANY STEAM INSIDE BY GENTLY PULLING UP THE WHISTLE WITHOUT PULLING IT OFF THE LID! If you see steam coming out when doing so, give the pressure cooker more time to release the steam.

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Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. www.munatycooking.com | @munatycooking

 

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