A delicious Lebanese recipe for lentils and rice, mujadara is a vegetarian dish boasting rich flavors. While the ingredients may look simple, this is one Lebanese rice you won’t be able to get enough of.
Mujadara, sometimes spelled Mujadarra, is a healthy recipe made up of brown rice and lentils. Both the brown rice and lentils offer a low-fat combination that offers a wonderful source of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients.
While lentils and brown rice offer their own unique flavors, the real flavor booster in this vegetarian recipe comes in the form of caramelized onions. The onions are cooked in a pan until they achieve a deep golden color, then set on top of the lentil rice.
Mujadara is both comforting and hearty while also remaining a healthy dish you can whip up any day of the week. Whether you choose to serve it as a side to a lean piece of chicken or fish or enjoy it as the main course is entirely your preference.
To a medium saucepan, add the water, salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lentils and rice. Stir everything together then bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and cook for 40 to 45 minutes or until the rice and lentils are tender. Once done, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to remain covered resting on the counter for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, while the rice is cooking, prepare the caramelized onions. To a large skillet, add the remaining olive oil and warm over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sliced onions and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring the onions every now and then to ensure they cook evenly to a deep golden color.
Once the onions are ready, sprinkle the paprika over them and stir to combine. Pour the rice into a large serving bowl and gently toss to combine the lentils and rice well. Top the rice with the caramelized onions.