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How to make M'Judra

Updated on August 3, 2012

Mmmmm... M'Judra


What is M'Judra?

I stopped for lunch one day at a little family owned Lebanese restaurant near where I live. In the mood to try something new, I had the M'Judra, a simple but delicious dish made with lentils, rice, and onions. It is known by many other, very similar names, such as Mujadara, Mejadra, or Megadarra.


  • 8 ounces Brown Lentils
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 cups Diced Onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin, OPTIONAL


  1. Place lentils, 4 & 1/2 cups water & 1 tsp salt in medium pot over high heat. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain lentils and reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Set pot aside for later use. (OPTIONAL) ** Place cooked lentils and reserved liquid into food processor and pulse until evenly ground. return to pot and set aside. **
  2. Place rice & 3/4 cup water in small pot over high heat, uncovered. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low and simmer covered for 10 mins or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. (OPTIONAL) **Add 1/2 tsp ground cumin to lentils**
  4. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Preheat 1/3 cup olive oil in medium skillet over med-high heat. Add onions and 3/4 tsp salt and saute until onions are evenly caramelized. Use slotted spoon to drain off and press out as much oil as possible, then spread evenly on towel lined plate.
  5. Set skillet over med-high heat and gradually add 1/2 cup water (it will splatter), followed by the cooked basmati rice. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed. Stir into lentils.
  6. Place mixture of lentils and onions over med-low heat and cook uncovered for 3-5 minutes, then stir in 1 TBS olive oil. Remove from heat.
  7. Serve!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great recipe, and healthy. I cannot wait to try it. Thank you