Lentils &Rice (Mdardara)

Whenever my mom is in town I use it as opportunity to learn a new vegan lebanese dish. This time she recommended Mdardara saying it does not get easier than this, and it really doesn’t! Don’t confuse this with the Mjadara which also consists of lentils but is mashed up and uses a different type or lentils. I will leave that recipe for a different post 🙂

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*Serves 2


  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1/2 cup organic brown basmati rice
  • 3 diced medium sized red onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1  vegan stock cube
  • Salt & cumin to taste

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  1. In a pan heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on high heat, when hot, drop in the the diced onion and stock cube. This needs to cook until the onions are browned, this is main ingredient of the entire dish so make sure the onions are browned and seasoned well.
  2. While the onion is cooking, add the lentils and rice to a pot on medium heat and cover with water (the water level needs to be more than the lentils and rice). Cook until soft, that should take about 20-30 minutes. I used brown organic rice so that usually takes longer than white basmati rice.
  3. When the rice has cooked, drain any remaining water and add in the browned onions.

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3 thoughts on “Lentils &Rice (Mdardara)

  1. Thank you for the recipe Rana – was delicious and easy to make.

    Recommend making a salad on the side otherwise it might be a bit dry; We had it with tomato & onion salad 🙂

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