Mujadara, a Lebanese rice and lentils dish, is a delicious weeknight side dish to serve with any meal. It’s simple to make, full of flavor, and an affordable meal prep for the week. This recipe was made in partnership with the USA Rice Federation, but all opinions are my own.
Rice and Lentils, aka Mujadara
Growing up, we had mujadara quite often during the week. My mom would serve it with yogurt and a fresh vegetable salad, but recently I’ve been loving it with a grilled piece of salmon.
The rice and lentils get cooked together, then served with caramelized onion and a few simple spices. This middle eastern dish is so easy to make, and pairs well as a side dish for any meal.
Rice is a huge staple in more than half of the world’s diets, and is a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants.
There are so many varieties of rice, including long grain, short grain, wild, brown and white to name a few. For this recipe, I used U.S-grown long-grain Jasmine rice, which is one of my personal favorites because of its versatility.
U.S.-grown rice packs in more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, folic acid and B vitamins. It’s also naturally free of sodium, cholesterol and gluten.
Purchasing rice grown in the USA helps support local growers, while also reducing your food miles. It’s a great boost of energy and whole-grains, which can help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
Rice is also shelf-stable, affordable, and can be used in SO many recipes.
How to make Mujadara
This recipe comes together in just a few simple steps. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Lebanese rice and lentils dish:
- Long grain rice, like U.S-grown Jasmine rice
- Brown or green lentils. Brown or green lentils are ideal in this recipe since they hold their shape well and don’t get too soft, like red lentils
- Onions, and lots of them!
- Cumin, salt and a pinch of cinnamon
- Garnishes like mint, parsley and yogurt
This simple dish is nutrient dense, affordable, and the perfect meal prep side dish! You guys are going to love it.
This post was sponsored by the USA Rice Federation, but all opinions are my own. I only work with brands I truly love and believe in.