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Simple And Frugal Mujadarra

This is a great tasting dish for a low budget. You need just lentils, onions, rice and a few spices. Everything is easy to get and keep around. It is super filling and is not high calorie. It is not fast food. It takes time to cook the onions. is the recipe I have used as the basis for mine. There are many mujadarra recipes on the internet with slight differences. I increased the seasonings a bit and added a dash of cinnamon to mine. Delicious!
We have packed this in lunches. It is good reheated or cold. It is great with a simple salad.


3/4 cup long-grain white rice
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
3 yellow onions, cut into quarter slices
1/3 cup olive oil (I have used peanut oil so if you don’t have olive oil use what you have)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
Dash of cinnamon, optional


Cook rice in water following package directions. Set to the side. ( I cook this while I am cooking the lentils. If you have leftover cooked rice you could use it.)

Rinse lentils, then place in heavy pot with about 1 quart water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let lentils simmer  uncovered until they are soft- about 20-30 minutes. When lentils are cooked, cover and let them absorb any leftover water.
While lentils cook, chop onions. Heat oil in a heavy frying pan. Add onions and cook over medium heat, stirring every few minutes, until deeply browned and caramelized.
When onions are browned, remove half the onions to drain on a paper towel to crisp if you want. I don’t bother with this.  Stir 1/4 tsp cumin into the onions in the pan and cook 1-2 minutes.
Combine drained lentils with the onions in a pan. Season the cooked lentils and onions with salt, black pepper and cinnamon if you like and cook 1-2 minutes to blend flavors.
Mix cooked rice into the lentils and caramelized onions, heating for a minute or two if the rice is not hot. Top with crispy caramelized onions if you want. Serves 4.

Give this dish a try!

From my home to yours,


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