Mujaddara (also known as Mudardara or Megadara) is a deliciously simple dish of rice and lentils topped off with caramelised onions.
  • 1 cup / 180 g / 6½ oz brown or green lentils
  • 1 cup / 180 g / 6½ oz long grain rice (or basmati)
  • 1½ onions cut into thin slices
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 pinches cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  1. Prepare the caramelised onions: Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a pan over a low heat. Add in the thinly sliced onions and cook very gently with occassional stirring for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Heat the other tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the chopped onions for about 5 minutes until they start to brown.
  3. Add the lentils, the salt and 3½ cups / 900 ml / 31 fl oz of water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Now add in the rice and cumin. Cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan lid, stir, and serve on a plate or in a bowl. Top off with the caramelised onions.
Titli's Tips
Serve with a simple flat bread and/or a salad. I find this is delicious when served with plain yoghurt too!

Make sure you use brown or green lentils – red lentils will just turn to mush. The ratio of lentils to rice varies a lot between countries so there is no “right” ratio, only a ratio that you like.

There are many variations of this basic recipe. Some cook the rice and lentils for longer to turn it into a porridge, but I prefer it with a bit of texture.

You can vary the spices too. The amount of cumin you use depends upon your personal taste but anywhere from 0 to 2 tbsp is normal. Some recipes also add in up to 1 tsp of ground allspice.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 271 13%
Calories from Fat 67
Total Fat 7.5g 11%
Saturated Fat 1.1g 5%
Unsaturated Fat 6.2g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 47.3g 15%
Dietary Fibre 3.2g 12%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 5.5g 11%
Cholesterol 0.0mgs 0%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.