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Mujadara Lentils and Rice A Vegan Recipe

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern side dish or can be a meal if served with salad. A combination of amazing flavors coming from the stock, olive oil, and caramelized onion. I’m sharing a vegan Mujadara recipe, but you can use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock, the taste will amaze you. Perfectly seasoned and fluffy rice garnished with crispy onion slices to add a wonderful texture to this dish! Watch the video for the tutorial.

Mujadara, in a large pan.

What is Mujadara?

Mujadara is a Lebanese side dish, and it is cooked slightly different in different Middle Eastern countries. In some recipes you will find the addition of cumin; in another recipe it is cinnamon. Mujadara is known as a poor man’s food or a poor man’s lunch. On the internet, you can find it written as mujaddara, mejadara, and mojadara!

You will spend a minimum amount of money imagined making this dish compared to the mind-blowing delicious flavor. Mujadara consists of rice, lentils, olive oil or regular oil, salt, and stock.

Fried fish served with Mujadara.

6 Ingredients to Make Mujadara

This vegan dish is quick to prepare; the only lengthy process is caramelizing the onion, which can take up to 8 minutes. After caramelizing the onion, all you need is 20 minutes to cook the rest of the ingredients and serve the dinner in a short time. Mujadara is perfect for those who live in a dorm and for camping, it is a very light dinner.

Side image of Mujadara in a large pan.

To make the Mujadara you will need:

Green lentils or Brown. You will find small and large size green lentils, use the small sized ones since it cooks faster, otherwise the large ones are fine. You can use brown lentils in this recipe and follow the same method of cooking.

Onions. Use red or yellow onions, although the yellow onions are sweeter, you can cut the sweetness by increasing the amount of the salt a little. You can use store-bought caramelized onion, but don’t use caramelized onion paste!

Olive oil. The caramelized onions enhance the flavor, but when fried in olive oil, it tastes much better. Olive oil can be used in cooking but shouldn’t reach a smoking point, a tip to help you save more of your olive oil and cook safely is by adding another cooking oil like canola or sunflower oil to the olive oil you have poured in the pan. But if you are fine with frying the onion on low heat and give it its time to caramelize then you are fine using olive oil alone!

Rice. Long grain rice is best for this recipe, but you can use short grain rice and even brown rice. What you have to keep in mind is cooking time. Parboiled rice and brown rice take longer time to cook.


Vegetable stock. Use your favorite vegetable stock, or you can use vegetable bouillon instead. Low sodium stock is better, so you have control over seasoning the Mujadara.

Mujadara. Lebanese side dish turned into a meal in my house! Easy to convert to vegan delight by using vegetable stock. Lentils with rice topped with caramelized onion. You won’t believe how delicious this dish is until you taste it. letscookingmam.com | @Arinacooking

How to Cook Mujadara

I am sharing two ways of making Mujadara, one is one stovetop using a pan, and the other way is by using a pressure cooker.

In short, the process of making Mujadara is:

  1. Caramelizing the onion.
  2. Cook the lentils for 10 minutes.
  3. Add all ingredients in one pan.
  4. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
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The ingredients you need to make Mujadara.
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Step by step images showing how to make Mujadara.

How to serve Mujadara

You can serve it with plain yogurt, green salad, or if you are not vegan, you can serve it along with steak, baked chicken, or fried fish.

Close up image of mujadara topped with caramelized onion.

More delicious recipes:

Pan Fried Fish.

Crispy Spicy Chicken Wings.

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern side dish or can be a meal if served with salads. Enjoy A healthy dish that has flavors coming from the stock, olive oil, and caramelized onion. Watch the video tutorial. #veganrecipes #veganfood #healthydinner #mujadara #middleeasternrecipes

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  1. Oh, those caramelized onions! they look so delicious and I am sure they make this dish a little heaven of deliciousness.

  2. Mmm that looks SO GOOD. I am so down to try this out. Thanks!

  3. This looks like a delicious and easy lunch or dinner. I would keep the recipe as is for lunch but add chicken to it for dinner with protein. Thank you!

  4. This really look so tempting dish. I would love to try this at home. Thanks for the recipe I will going to make this for sure

  5. As Indonesian, I need more diverse rice recipe like this. I love Middle Eastern spice, and I will try your recipe sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I really like this recipe.
    I was thinking what I am going to cook today, and this is the recipe I will try out.
    Lentils are some of my family’s favorites.
    I do have a few Lebanese spices and may try them out on this dish as well.

  7. I love vegan. This one is lovely to try. Looks easy and fun to prepare.

  8. This sounds and looks so good. I can’t wait to try making it.

    • Arinacooking

      I hope you give it a try, although the ingredients are simple, yet it is a flavorful dish!

  9. Rose Ann Sales

    Wow,it seems so delicious even if it’s called the poor man’s lunch.Can’t wait to eat this my favorite grilled chicken.

  10. This looks yummy.i have a few vegan rice recipe on my blog but I haven’t cooked something like this.

  11. Hey Muna, thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m glad to find naturally plant-based recipes from all over the world, and Middle Eastern is so flavorful! I’ve pinned your recipe, and I plan to make it pretty soon, as rice and lentils are staples on our table, but I never made them in such a yummy, interesting way 🙂