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Gluten Free Mujadara (Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions)

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Sides
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Dalya Rubin


  • 1 cup brown or green lentils uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled & sliced (optional)
  • 4 medium yellow or red onions thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Brown Basmati rice uncooked
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup pine nuts toasted as garnish (optional)


  • Add the lentils to a medium pot and cover with water until it reaches 2 inches above the lentils. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until ¾ cooked-through & not mushy. Strain through a sieve and rinse to remove any excess starch from the water. Set aside. 
  • In a large pan or pot, add the olive oil, cumin seeds, sliced garlic, and black pepper. Cook on medium-low heat, about 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. 
  • Add the sliced onions to the pot. Cook on medium-high heat for 4 minutes, then lower the heat and cook covered for 8-10, stirring every 2-3 minutes, until caramelized.
  • Uncover the pot and mix in the sea salt, cumin, coriander and cinnamon & cook for another 3-5 minutes (uncovered). Remove about ¼ cup of the cooked onions for garnish later.
  • Add in the cooked lentils, raw rice, and 1 ¾ cups water to the pot and mix everything together. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30-40 minutes. At the 40 minute mark, uncover the pot and mix the rice carefully. If it still seems too firm, add ½ cup water and stir around. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for another 15 minutes until rice has softened.
  • After rice has cooked, turn off the heat and allow it to sit covered for 5 minutes. 
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and fold in chopped parsley and add lemon juice to taste. Sprinkle it with toasted pine nuts before serving.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg