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Mujaddara – Arabian rice & lentils


My other Arabian cuisine dish – Mujaddara (steamed rice and lentils), which is one of the most comfort, filling and healthy food. Mostly it plays a good role on times of fasting. A very easy, simple and healthy dish which can be prepared perfectly by a beginner in cooking. Let me share the recipe…

For my other vegetarian rice recipes, click here.

As it’s Friday, taking it to Fiesta Friday #125 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Preparation Time – 10 mins

Cooking Time – 20 mins

Serves – 4 nos

1 cup – 160 ml


  • Bamathi / Long grain rice – 2 cups
  • Green lentil / Moong Bean / Paasipayaru – 1 cup
  • Onions – 3 nos
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel and thinly slice the onions (lengthwise), keep it aside.
  • Wash the lentils in water, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Wash the rice, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add in the thinly sliced onions and cook them until they turn dark brown in color, remove the onions from the fire and keep it aside.
  • Add in the cumin seeds and wait until they give wonder aroma.
  • Add in the green lentil (1 cup) along with the water (2 cups) and pressure-cook for 2 whistles.
  • Wait until the pressure subsides and remove the lid.
  • Add in the rice (2 cups) along with cumin powder, black pepper powder and salt. Cook for few seconds until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour in the water (3 ½ cups) of water and pressure-cook for 2 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides and transfer it to a plate.
  • Top it with fried onions.

Serve hot. You can also top it with thick yogurt/curd and then fried onions before serving, this combination tastes good. Accompany it with any raita. I have accompanied it with watermelon raita and Qorma Lawand.

Note: You can increase or decrease the quantity of onions as per your taste buds.