Go Back

Mujadara Makhbousa (Messy Lentils)

Lebanese 'messy' lentils cooked with rice

Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup short grain rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp Salt (approx)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Put the lentils in a pot with 5 cups of cold water and bring to the boil
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until done (approx 20 mins)

  3. Add the rice and keep cooking on a low heat (approx half an hour) until the rice and lentils thicken to form a loose risotto texture

  4. Add salt and pepper to lentils, taste and adjust

  5. In a separate pan, caramalise the onion in some regular olive oil on low heat, then add to the lentil rice mix
  6. Combine everything well and serve with salad and flatbreads