Mujadara with green lentils

Mujadara with green lentils

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern dish of rice and lentils mixed with lots of golden, deeply caramelised onions. It makes a satisfying side dish served with some vegetables and plenty of creamy plain yoghurt.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat a dash of oil in a large saucepan and add the onions along with a pinch of salt. Cook the onions over a medium heat - a higher heat than if you were slowly caramelising them - as you want them to take on quite a bit of colour. Cook them, stirring very regularly, until they are deep golden brown - around 20 minutes
  2. Step 2

    Cook the rice by adding a small chunk of butter to a saucepan and softening the garlic for a couple of minutes over a medium heat. Add the ground cumin and bay leaves and stir into the garlic butter. Add the rice and stock, stir to combine then bring to a boil and reduce to a very gentle simmer. Put a lid on and cook for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat
  3. Step 3

    Warm the lentils through in a saucepan and stir through the rice once cooked. Stir some of onions through the rice and lentils and then scatter the rest on top
  4. Step 4

    Serve the mujadara topped with some mint leaves, and a dollop of yoghurt on the side