The most delicious and comforting way to stretch a budget



Mujaddarah is a versatile dish that’s especially popular in the Levant region. The method described today involves cooking rice with brown lentils, garnishing them with fried onions and serving with yogurt. It’s a budget-friendly recipe that warms the heart.

Huda from Jordan, by way of Palestine, submitted this fantastic recipe. It’s the kind of dish that transforms a simple recipe into a comforting meal. Huda’s memories of her mother whipping up this dish on lazy evenings, wanting a quick yet satisfying meal, echo the sentiment many of us share about our favorite comfort foods. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of Mujaddarah. It’s a dish born out of necessity yet stands the test of time.

As I followed Huda’s recipe, I couldn’t help but appreciate the ingenious method of cooking the rice. Boil it, then drain it. It’s a departure from the usual rice cooker routine, but it works like a charm. The combination of soft lentils and rice with the crunch of fried onions is nothing short of deliciousness.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can create this budget-friendly, quick fix. A bag of brown lentils, priced at around $2.49, provides the protein-packed base for the dish. Additionally, the long-grain rice costs about $1.99 per bag, adding a comforting texture to the mix. The humble onion, priced at pocket-friendly rates, transforms into golden crispy goodness with just a tablespoon of flour and a bit of oil. All in all, for just about $8.38, you can rustle up four generous servings of Mujaddarah, leaving you with a satisfied stomach and a happy wallet.

If you’re craving a taste of Middle Eastern comfort with a sprinkle of tradition, Mujaddarah is the perfect recipe for you. Happy cooking on a budget!

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  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • yogurt for serving


  • Cut your onion in half then cut each half in thin slices. Drench them in flour, and set aside.
  • Make sure your brown lentils don't have any small rocks or impurities, wash and drain, and submerge in 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Don't season yet. When the lentils are almost, soft season with salt and let them boil till completely soft. they take around 20 minutes to cook.
  • Start boiling your rice around 10 minutes after your lentils because lentils take longer to cook. Wash and drain your rice, Then submerge in three cups of boiled water, season with salt and cook till soft.
  • While your rice and lentils are cooking, fry your onions till golden brown.
  • When both rice and lentils are soft, drain them both. Mix drained rice and lentils, some of the fried onions, and 2 tbsp of the oil you used to fry the onions in a pot. Put back on the stove for a couple of minutes to allow the flavors to marry and any residual moisture to be soaked up.
  • Serve hot, with rest of onions on top and yogurt on the side.
Course: Dinner
Region: Asia
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Comfort food


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