A take on the popular Middle Eastern dish mujaddara, this recipe is made with brown rice, lentils and onions and served with yogurt. 

A take on the Middle Eastern dish mujaddara with brown rice, lentils and onions. | livinglou.com

There is a restaurant in Toronto called Tabülè, it’s a Middle Eastern restaurant and it quickly became my go-to spot for meeting friends after work for a quick bite, or grabbing dinner with friends who were visiting from out of town. There are a few reasons; not only is the food delicious, but if you have anyone in your life who is gluten free/vegetarian/vegan, they will most likely be able to find something to eat here.

I’ve spent countless hours laughing and gossiping around the tables or seated at the bar on extra busy nights. Always with a glass of wine in hand, because nothing makes me happier than food, wine and my favourite people. You know those dinners that go on for hours but feel like 20 minutes? Those.

Dinner at Tabule in Toronto

They make a few incredible dishes, but the one that I always order is the mujaddara. It’s a dish of lentils, rice and fried onions, a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine. And when I say a staple, when I was reading about the history of this dish I learned that the first recipe was printed in 1226.

From my research I found that there mujaddara recipes vary by region. They can be made with bulgur or basmati rice, but it is always a grain with lentils and onions. Traditionally, it’s not made with brown rice, but I opted to use brown rice in this recipe because it’s what I always have in my pantry and it’s the variety of rice that I enjoy eating. Scented with cumin and cinnamon, the ingredients are simple but pack a punch of flavour.

A take on the Middle Eastern dish mujaddara with brown rice, lentils and onions. | livinglou.com

This has quickly become one of my favourite dishes, and also something I’ll eat on its own with yogurt or labneh.

Yields 4-6 servings

Brown Rice Mujaddara

10 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat, saute onion for 8-10 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and cinnamon. Cook another minute,
  2. Add brown rice and lentils, cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and 3 1/4 cups water.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes.

Let me know if you give this brown rice mujadarra a try let me know in the comments below.

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