Mujaddara is my favorite Lebanese dish. Lightly spices with cumin and lemon, it’s the perfect addition to any family style meal or tapas course. It doesn’t take long to make but makes a fair amount of dishes.


  • 1 cup French or brown lentils, washed
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar OR 1 thumb sized piece of kombu
  • 1 cup of brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin strips, 1/2 inch long
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Dash of black or white pepper
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pita


  1. Bring the lentils, water, and apple cider vinegar/kombu to a boil in a small pot. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the lentils are soft enough to chew but not cooked all the way through. We want them to be partially cooked!
  2. Prepare the rice as you normally would (2:1 in rice cooker or stove). Cook until mostly tender.
  3. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and then bring the heat down a little. Stir the onions every so often. They should be sizzling and not burning. If the onions are starting to burn or get dry, add a bit of olive oil. We want them to caramelize!
  4. When the lentils, rice, and onions are cooked, combine everything in the large pan. Add the spices, lemon, 1/2 cup of water, and simmer for 10 minutes. Don’t let the mixture get mushy.
  5. Serve hot with pita, yogurt sauce, a salad, or whatever you please! Enjoy!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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