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Lentils and Rice

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This traditional Lebanese dish should be a staple in your diet. It's both delicious, and loaded with heart saving folate, protein, and cholesterol lowering fiber. You may see it in restaurants as Mujaderra, Mujadarrah, Mjaddra, M'Judra (which I prefer), or some other variation.


Rinse lentils in cold water. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, add lentils, cover and cook for 20 minutes. While the lentils are cooking, saute onions (use white or yellow) in olive oil until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. When lentils are done, add rice and onion, cover and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for another 15 minutes (this will allow the rice to finish cooking, and for the remaining water to be absorbed.) Stir well, and serve, topped with plain yogurt.


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • plain yogurt to taste