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Mujadara (Lebanese lentil dish)

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1.5 cup split red lentils
  • 1 small handful of rice
  • Cooking Time
    35-40 mins
  • Serving
    Serves 7
  • Skill Level
    So Easy


This is a very traditional Lebanese dish, which dates back to our great great great (you get the idea) grandparents. It was very common due to its simple ingredients, nutrition and delicious taste.
  1. In a pot, add the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add the onions and cook until their colour changes
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, add your red lentils and rice. Wash under running water a few times to clean the lentils, then drain the water and set aside
  4. Once the onions gain some colour, add the salt and give a quick mix
  5. Add the hot water, lentils and rice. Stir, and leave until the mixture comes to a boil.
  6. Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat, cover, and leave for 20 mins.
  7. Check after this time, if the mixture is too dry, add a little water, mix and cover for another 5-10 mins. However, if the lentils and rice have cooked and a paste like consistency has formed, you are ready to serve

Mujadara is typically eaten with bread, with a side salad, radishes, olives, onions and whatever else you fancy. It really is so easy to make, and so delicious in its simpleness! Enjoy :) 


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