4.46 from 55 votes
Mujaddara
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

Mujaddara is a simple but flavorful rice and lentil pilaf, topped with sweet caramelized onions. Serve alone or as the base of just about any meal. 

Total Cost: $3.45 recipe / $0.58 serving
Servings: 6 (1 cup each)
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 4 yellow onions $1.59
  • 1 tsp cumin $0.10
  • 1 tsp allspice $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves $0.03
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth $0.30
  • 1 cup long grain white rice (or jasmine) $0.33
  • 1 cup brown lentils $0.68
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice the onions and add them to a large pot with the olive oil. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently for one hour, or until they are deeply golden brown, sticky, and caramelized. Remove half of the onions and set them aside to top the pilaf after cooking
  2. Add the cumin, allspice, and cloves to the pot with the remaining onions. Sauté for about one minute to lightly toast the spices. Add the vegetable broth and stir the pot well to dissolve any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add the rice and lentils to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat up to high. Allow the contents to come up to a boil. As soon as it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the heat off and let it rest for 10 minutes without removing the lid. Finally, remove the lid, fluff with a spoon or fork, then top with the reserved caramelized onions. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

If your vegetable broth is low sodium or sodium free, you'll likely need to add some salt when cooking the rice and lentils. Taste the broth before setting the pot to boil and add salt as needed.