Lebanese Lentils and Rice with caramelized onions (Moudardara)

Lebanese Lentils and Rice with caramelized onions (Moudardara)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 196.0
  • Total Fat: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 1,010.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 35.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 9.7 g

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This is an easy, fantastic and flavorful way to enjoy the benefits of protein, complex carbohydrates, and potassium packed lentils and brown rice. This is an easy, fantastic and flavorful way to enjoy the benefits of protein, complex carbohydrates, and potassium packed lentils and brown rice.
Number of Servings: 2


    .5 cup (pre-cooked dry measure) whole grain instant brown rice

    .5 cup (pre-cooked dry measure) lentils

    1 can reduced sodium, reduced fat chicken broth, divided (use vegetable broth for a fully vegetarian dish)

    1 cup onion, chopped

    2 tsp olive oil, divided

    salt and pepper to taste (I use about .5 tsp salt and .25 tsp pepper)


Makes (2) 1.5 cup servings.

(1) Prepare rice according to package directions, substituting broth for half of the water, and using 1 tsp olive oil to add flavor and prevent sticking.

(2) Prepare lentils in a separate pot according to package directions, using the rest of the broth to substitute for half the water.

(3) While lentils and rice are simmering on medium-low heat, (about 25 minutes), chop onion, and saute chopped onion in1 tsp olive oil over medium heat until it has softened and caramelized (but not scorched). This will take about 15-20 minutes.

(4) When lentils are finished cooking, drain remaining liquid from lentils, and mix together in a serving bowl the onions, lentils, and rice.

(5) Add salt and pepper to taste.

*Note--this is great as a side dish; you can also grill and chop a chicken breast and add it in for even more lean protein.

Number of Servings: 2

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KEDP98.

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Lovely meal. I live alone so I cook lentils, rice and other staples and freeze them in individual servings. It was very easy for me to pull out the rice and lentils and heat them in a bit of chicken broth while the onions cooked. I will be recommending this recipe. Thanks! - 4/3/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was my favorite dish when mom used to make it ..and back then we didn't know how healthy and good for you it is ..thx for sharing - 1/4/09

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  • I really enjoyed this recipe. This was the first time I prepared lentils. My package instructions said to cook with salt pork which I didn't have but I did have some Costco bacon bits in the freezer. I added about 1/4 cup to the lentils. Great flavor. I consider this a 4 servings recipe. - 1/13/16

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  • This was my first time with lentils. I thought this sounded like a good side dish. NOT it is a MAIN dish. I will have it 3 times this week for lunch. Thanks!!!!! - 3/16/13

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  • Had this for dinner tonight. It was delicious and very easy to make. However, I think the nutritional information is pretty far off. .75 cups of rice and .75 cups of lentils (the serving size), not to mention the olive oil, are way more than 196 calories. But delicious nonetheless! - 8/29/12

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