Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Everyday Cooking

This may sound like a plain recipe, but believe me, it's wonderful! It is an easy-to-make Middle Eastern comfort food that combines lentils, rice and delicious fried onions. The yogurt really gives it a super flavor!

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 535
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 50m


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked green lentils
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (optional)


  • 1   Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions, and cook about 10 minutes, until browned. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  • 2   Place lentils in a medium saucepan with enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 15 minutes.
  • 3   Stir rice and enough water to cover into the saucepan with the lentils. Season with salt and pepper. Cover saucepan, and continue to simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until rice and lentils are tender.
  • 4   Mix half the onions into the lentil mixture. Top with yogurt or sour cream and remaining onions to serve.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 22.1g 34%
    Saturated Fat 3.0g  
Cholesterol < 1mg  
Sodium 312mg 12%
Potassium 649mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 69.1g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10.6g 43%
Protein 17.3g 35%
Sugars 4g  
Vitamin A 145IU  
Vitamin C 3mg  
Calcium 74mg  
Iron 5mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 2mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 15mg  
Folate 89mcg