Lentils And Brown Rice With Caramelised Onions

This dish is called Mujadara, a signature Middle Eastern dish of lentils and rice garnished with crispy onions. It provides fibre, proteins, and makes you feel full and satisfied. Mujadara also tastes great. I cooked the dish for my friends and they loved it. 

Mujadara cooked with rice is gluten-free, and is a vegan option. The dish cannot be finished without caramelised onions, which gives mujadara the flavourful, sweet taste. 

In my first try, I cooked the dish followed exact to a recipe I found on the internet. Then I tried to experiment cooking the dish with my rice cooker. Surprisingly, the result was good, the rice and lentils were cooked, full of flavours from the spices, and in fact using the rice cooker was so much easier and time-saving. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


  • 1 cup small brown lentils, rinsed

  • 1 cup brown rice, soaked in water for 10-15 minutes and then drained

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 red onions, sliced

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp salt to taste

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • ½ tsp cinnamon

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 lemon


Rice and lentils

  •  Add the rice and lentils into the rice cooker. Level it out and place your index finger so that it is touching the surface of the rice and lentils.

  • Add water. To measure the perfect amount of water so the rice and lentils come out fluffy, pour enough water so that it comes up to your first knuckle.

  • Add cumin, cinnamon, bayleaf and salt to taste. Stir and close the lid of the rice cooker and let it cook.  

Caramelised onions

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over low heat and add the onion slices, stirring occasionally until completely soft, dark brown, and caramelized. This will take about 15 minutes. The onions should become very dark and a bit dried when finished. Stir often to avoid burning.

Serve with caramelized onions, and a little squeeze of lemon juice. I also cooked a Thai dish called Tom Kha Gai to serve with the dish. 

©2020 by Hien Minh Tran.