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Lebanese Mujadara (real comfort food)

COMFORT is the word! Lebanese Mujadara is made of just 3 main ingredients – Rice, Lentils and Onions and makes one of the most filling and comforting dishes that can be enjoyed during meals.


Lebanese Mujadara using Tilda Sella Rice

Rice and the world

Rice has been known to be the most celebrated grain in almost all cultures of the world. Today, more than half the world’s population of 6.6 billion is sustained by it, and in many parts of Asia, a meal is not considered a meal unless rice is served. My memories with rice goes back to having weekend/festive meals with the full family around the table and talking non-stop during lunch which sometimes used to get extended till the tea time. And rice was always the centre of attention at our home growing up and it remains so even till date.

Celebration & rice

Throughout history, rice has meant to exist for more than just sustenance. In many cultures, it plays a significant role in culinary and spiritual practices. There are several celebrations linked to harvesting and planting season of rice, for e.g. Pongal festival in South of India or offering rice to the Goddess Dewi Sri in Indonesia or the community feeling of making ‘mochi’ together in Japan.

Tilda’s Grand Golden Sella Rice

The holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end next week and what better way to celebrate it with your family than this easy Lebanese Mujadara that I made using Tilda Grand Golden Sella Rice. I loved how simple and flavorful each separate grain turned out to be. I paired it with a very simple Dukkah flavored yoghurt to combine the flavors together. And the combination was Mashallah!

Let’s get cooking!

The best comfort food known originating from the land of Lebanon. This is a vegan dish but you can always add a slice of cooked meat or roast chicken to go with it too. The recipe is made using Tilda’s Grand Golden Sella Rice. 

Golden Sella Basmati Rice is a variant of basmati rice that has been parboiled or partially boiled while still in its husk and then milled. The rice turns pale yellow after parboiling hence the name ‘Golden’. During the milling process the husk, bran and germ is removed. The process results in long slender shaped translucent grains with a soft golden or yellow colour and a firmer texture, locking in the nutrients. It is an extra long basmati variety and has a creamy colour but turns white when cooked. Each grain is indeed long and robust thus making it perfect for one pot dishes.

I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my family did 🙂

Enjoy Cooking!


Print Recipe
Lebanese Mujadara Yum
I hope you like the recipe and give it a try. All proportions are in metric system used widely across the world.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
  1. Wash the lentils and boil them with a pinch of salt till they are 80% cooked.
  2. Meanwhile wash the Tilda Grand Sella Rice well and soak it for 30 mins for best results. This steps ensures that you have long separate well-cooked grains of rice.
  3. Red onions are sweeter than their yellow or whiter cousins. Browning the sliced onion on a low to medium heat for long time makes them sweeter. In a sauce pan add a tbsp of vegetable ghee and add the sliced onion once the pan is hot. Sweat the onions and cook them on medium heat for 18-20 mins till they turn dark pink/brownish and crunchy.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, don’t drain the water off. In a sauce pan, add 2 tbsp of oil and sauté the green chilli for 20 seconds. Add the washed rice after draining the excess water used for soaking them. Add the par cooked lentils to this and stir everything well. Add salt and cumin powder to the rice and lentils followed by 1.5 cups of water to this and bring it to a boil.
  5. While serving, add the crunchy onions at the base and top it with the cooked rice and lentils. Add more of the crunchy onions along with coriander leaves on top. Serve it with dukkah flavored yoghurt and a wedge of lime.
  6. Serve this warm and enjoy 🙂
Recipe Notes

Side Dish - To make the Dukkah yoghurt, mix the green yoghurt with some dried mint leaves and top it with some Dukkah and Extra virgin olive oil.

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