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Mujadara - Lebanese Lentils and Rice

Mujadara - Lebanese Lentils and Rice

A lot of people claim that eating healthy vegan food is expensive. Today's recipe proves that wrong. We are making Mujadara, an incredibly delicious and healthy meal that you and your family are going to love. 

Here at, we are always talking about the importance of having a well-balanced diet and healthy meals on a regular basis. But we also know that in modern times this can get hard to fit in our busy schedules. When we are crazy busy, homemade meals are usually the first thing that goes out the window. 

That's one of the many reasons why we are always after those recipes that can make your life easier when it is time to feed yourself or your loved ones. We are always looking for practicality and a bowl of Mujadara is exactly that. And probably one of the easiest recipes we have ever made here at

Mujadara ingredients

If you've never heard of Mujadara, let me introduce you to it. Middle Eastern countries where the ones to introduce this lovely dish to the world. Mujadara is a staple dish in places like Lebanon where families, usually have it as a side dish. But it can also be served as a main.

We are using lentils, brown rice, onions and all the beautiful spices that make Middle Eastern food so special and fragrant. And the beauty of this Mujadara recipe is that everything we need to make it is easily available and cheap! A big batch of Mujadara is one of the most affordable meals you can ever make. 

I'm all about inexpensive meals, I mean, who doesn't want to save a buck when possible? Lentils are a great ally when it comes to frugal cooking. They have a crazy amount of health benefits and they are a great source of plant-based protein. For this reason, lentils are my favourite legume and because you don't have to let them soak before you cook them! That means one less step in the process! 

sliced onion

One thing I've learned in my own vegan journey is that we don't really need to reinvent the wheel over and over again. What I mean by that is that there are a lot of vegan recipes out there in the world. They've been part of people's diet for centuries and the only thing we need to do is go and explore all those different cuisines. 

The amount of vegan- friendly recipes that already exist will amaze you. We don't need to break our heads trying to figure out what to eat. And we definitely don't need to go buy a bunch of expensive processed vegan food at the store.

We are committed to sharing with you all those other routes available to make eating vegan inexpensive, practical and delicious. Mujadara is the perfect recipe to begin with! You can even make a big batch over the weekend and keep it in the fridge, you will have a delicious meal waiting for you when you get back from work. 

Mujadara top down

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4


For the mujadara

  • 2 leaves bay leaf
  • 1 cup brown lentils (washed)
  • 1 cup brown long grain rice (washed)
  • 1 tsp cloves whole
  • 4 tsps olive oil
  • 2 medium onion (sliced)

For the seasoning

  • 1 dash black pepper (ground)
  • 1 dash cinnamon ground
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsps sea salt
  • ½ cup sliced almond (toasted)


  1. Cook the rice in double the amount of water until soft for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Boil the lentils together with the bay leaves and cloves for about 20 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the oil to a big pot or frying pan and stir fry the onions until golden brown for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. In a big pot add rice , lentils, onion and seasoning and mix everything well and adjust taste.
  5. Serve the mujadara on a plate or in a bowl, enjoy!

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