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Mujadarra (Lentils with Rice)

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"I was introduced to this Middle Eastern dish by one of my best friends, who is Palestinian. His mother made this once a week at her deli and after trying it once I had a standing order to save me a plate every week. This is so healthy and delicious, and it's so simple to make. After she retired and closed her deli I had to search through several recipes and make my adjustments to get it to my liking. It has become a staple in my home."
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45 m servings 350
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water; add lentils and bring to a rolling boil. Cook until slightly tender, about 10 minutes. Add grated carrots; cook until slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Drain lentils and carrots.
  2. Heat olive oil in the same pot over medium heat; add onions and garlic. Cook and stir until onions wilt and become transparent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in lentils and carrots and reduce heat to medium-low. Add enough water to the pot to keep the lentil mixture from drying out.
  3. Sprinkle cumin, cayenne, curry powder, salt, and pepper over lentils; stir until heated through and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Serve over rice.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute cooked white rice for the brown rice if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 350 calories; 6.6 57.2 16 0 22 Full nutrition

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This is tasty. I made a few minor tweaks. I had a 16 oz bag of French lentils so adjusted volumes accordingly. I added the spices to the onions and cooked till fragrant and added the garlic ...

This was delicious! I made it just as the recipe stated, and then followed the advice of another reviewer and added a tablespoon of lemon juice at the end. I happened to be watching a cooking ...

I cooked the onions, garlic for a few minutes and then added the spices in with them before I added the lentils and carrot mixture. Also, I didn't have any cayenne pepper so I just used ground b...

Lentils are so good for you and this is a great way to make them! I will make this again. I like to shave a little Parmesan on top too.