Written by Asma

June 24, 2021

Did you know that the history of Mujadara recipe dates back to a story that says there was a beautiful white girl whose face appeared with smallpox grains, and her mother cooked rice and lentils for her while visiting a neighbor.  Hence the invention of Mujadara. You can also call this dish koshari in Egypt.


The invention of Mujadara. You can also call this dish koshari in Egypt.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Syrian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Asma


  • 2 large onions sliced into wings
  • 3 cups of basmati rice washed and soaked
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup of corn oil
  • 2 Cups of chicken broth: 2 cups
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 5 cups of water


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on the heat, and sauté the onion slices until they are well browned without burning them, then drain and set them aside.
  • Soak the lentils and wash them well from the impurities several times, then put them in a pot with water on the heat, and when boiling, cover the pot and leave it to boil over a low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Drain the lentils from the water, then add the chicken broth to the filtered water from the lentils and set aside.
  • Drain the soaked rice, and stir it in a saucepan with the oil, and fry the onions, then add the broth, salt, black pepper, and cumin, and leave the ingredients to boil over a strong heat until you start to see bubbles in the rice, then add the lentils and do not stir the lentils with the rice.
  • Cover the pot and leave it to cook on a very low heat until the rice is done.
  • Do not remove the lid from the pot until fifteen minutes have passed after turning off the heat, then garnish with reddish onions.
  • Serve and enjoy your Mujadara!


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5.8g | Sodium: 201mg | Fiber: 11g
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