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Easy Majudara Recipe – just lentils and rice

Posted on April 15, 2020 by in vegetarian

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Easy Majudara Recipe

This easy Easy Majudara Recipe is money saver and it is damn tasty too. It is just proof that, basic ingredients, treated with care, can be so good.

The Easy Majudara Recipe is a simple combination of lentils, rice, and onions and has its origin the Middle East. It is so comforting but not overly rich. The vegetarian in my home will absolutely love it and a big plus is that it is made with simple staples that you most probably all have in your cupboards.

I would say that the secret here is in the onions. It takes time, but it is worth it, trust me. So have have given it my own twist. So I used 4 really big onions, three I caramelized as part of the recipe and the other one I fried to crispy  deliciousness. The texture of this dish, ticked all my boxes. I can imagine a crispy fried egg on top or served as a side dish for the carnivores, but too me this was satisfying and complete.

I love rice and have made quite a few. This Baked Rice Casserole is most comforting and if you want to make a quick salad in summer, try this Smoked Chicken Salad with Mango.

OK, read the recipe and get your mind around the process, it seems tedious, but it is worth it. Promise.

Easy Majudara Recipe

Easy Majudara Recipe

serves 6

For the caramelized onions


3 medium-sized onions – sliced
1/4 cup/60 ml olive oil
5 ml/1 t sugar
1 t/5 ml ground coriander
1 t/5 ml ground cumin
½ t/2 ml cinnamon
Salt and pepper


Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onions and stir so to coat with the oil. Reduce the heat, add salt and pepper and cover with a lid or foil if you do not have a lid large enough. Stir every now and then until the onions are translucent. This takes about 15 minutes.
Remove the lid or foil and add the sugar. This will give the deep caramel colour. Increase the heat slightly, keep stirring. You can add 1 T water to release the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. This takes about 30 minutes, but it is worth the effort. Trust me. Keep until needed.

For the Rice and lentils


1 cup/250 ml brown lentils
1 cup/250 ml rice – I used ordinary white rice


Cook both the lentils and rice in separate pots according to packet instructions. Drain and keep until onions are dark and deliciously caramelised.

For the crispy onions


1 onion – cut in thin strips
125 ml cornflour or flour – cornflour gives a crispier finish, but not essential.
Oil for deep frying – about 2 cups


Place sliced onions in a bowl and add the cornflour or flour and shae to cover each onion slice with flour.
Heat the oil in a small pot and when hot, add the onions and fry until crispy. Keep until needed.

Easy Majudara Recipe

To complete the Easy Majudara Recipe

2 T/ 30 ml olive oil
1 t/5ml ground cumin
1 t/5ml ground coriander
a cup chopped parsley or coriander
Juice and zest of 1 lemon


Heat the oil in a pan and add the spices. Add the cooked rice and lentils and stir through then add the caramelized onions and stir through. You can add a little water if too dry. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Just before serving, add the lemon juice and zest as well as the chopped herbs. Serve  the Easy Majudara Recipe with the crispy fried onions.

Crispy Onions

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