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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  • So easy to make and very delicious! A new favorite. - 5/9/11

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  • I haven't tried your recipe but I actually just finished eating this dish that I bought at a local lebanese market & loved it so much I had to find a recipe. I will definately be trying this one.

    One question - can you make it with water instead of the broth? to lower the sodium? - 2/10/10

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  • I served it with veggie "chicken". It was delicious and really easy to make. Even my husband liked it; great recipe! - 1/12/10

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  • I added a teaspoon of Allspice and used some pre-cooked (steamed) brown rice that I had on hand in place of the instant. I cooked the onions until they were crispy. I liked the contrast of texture in the finished dish. - 12/4/09

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  • I added cumin to this, made 1 cup of lentils and kept the .5 cup of brown rice. It was delicious! I served it with cucumber salad made with Greek yogurt and dill - 9/26/09

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  • I was needing a recipe for lentils today, so this looks like it might just fit the bill and hit the spot! - 3/20/09

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  • very tasty and how simple to make thanks - 3/6/09

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  • mmmmmm. yummy. Nice on a cold wet day.

    I did not have any chicken broth, or olive oil. I just made this with plain water, and used a cooking spray for the onions - and it is just as good. Just a few more calories chaved off if anyone desires.

    Super simple - super tasty! Thank you! - 1/16/09

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  • The dish looks very brown but it was much more appetizing than it looked! I used it as a side dish and paired it with some pork chops. I'm a little concerned about the sodium content - not sure that is correct but I used low fat/low sodium chicken broth. - 11/6/08

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