Brown rice and lentils with caramelised onions (Mujadara)

As some of you know, I moved house last weekend so you can imagine the state of my new house; boxes and bags everywhere waiting to be unpacked. However, today all that had to wait when I came across this middle eastern dish. I couldn’t wait to make it, so I dropped everything on my to do list and got cooking.┬áThe beautiful aroma of the caramelised onion soon permeated the entire house, and my son rushed into the kitchen and asked what I was cooking.


Mujadara is a Middle Eastern signature dish made with only three ingredients; lentils, rice and caramelised onions. This dish also known as ‘poor man’s food’ is simple, yet delicious and flavourful. The caramelised onions is what brings the whole dish together in a delicious harmony. This is a must try for the whole family. I served it for breakfast with a fried egg and sauerkraut, yummy.



1 cups lentils
1 cups brown rice
3 large onions, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons oil
3 cups water
1 cup vegetable stock
Salt and pepper, to taste
Spinach leaves


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until the onions are dark golden brown. Sprinkle the onions with salt. Reserve some of the onions for garnish.

Add the water and stock to the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir the lentils and rice into the onion mixture (if you are using white rice, par-boil your lentils otherwise the rice will get overcooked).

Cover and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice and lentils are both cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix through some spinach leaves.

Serve Mujadara hot, warm or at room temperature and garnish with caramelised onions.