Mujadarra - Black Lentils with Brown Rice and Caramelized Red Onions

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 670kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Mujadarra, a classic Middle Eastern dish, consists of black lentils, brown rice, and caramelized red onions. Serve with a little sour cream for a new favourite easy and unique side or main.  
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  • 4 cups black lentils, cooked
  • 4 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 4 large red onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, for serving (optional)


  • In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, add the vegetable oil, onions and half the salt.
  • Saute the onions until caramelized. You want a deep caramel colour and a slight crispiness to the onions. This should take about 30 minutes. Don't worry if some of the onion doesn't get crispy; it will all work out in the end.
  • Add the garlic and saute for two more minutes.
  • Next, add the cooked rice and lentils. Add the other half of the salt and the black pepper. Toss to coat and cook until the lentils and brown rice are heated through - about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in parsley, saving some to garnish the top.
  • Plate and serve with a dollop of sour cream.


Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 29g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 11mg