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instant pot mujadara served in a bowl garnished with fried onions and cilantro topped with greek yogurt
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Instant Pot Mujadara

Mujadara (Mujaddara) is a popular Middle Eastern dish made with lentils and rice garnished with caramelized onions cooked in an Instant Pot or Stovetop
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword instant pot lentils rice, Instant Pot Mujadara
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 480kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup used ,1 cup = 250ml

    For The Caramelized Onions

    • 2-3 tablespoons oil
    • 1 large yellow onion sliced thinly

    For Lentil Rice

    Dry Spices

    Instructions

    • Wash and soak the Brown/Green lentils overnight or for at least 5 hours in hot water.
    • Press Saute on Instant Pot. Add oil, and once it's hot add sliced onions and saute till they caramelize i.e. till they turn golden brown in color, takes about 8-10 minutes. Alternately you can saute onions on the stovetop pan. Once done take them out in a bowl.
      step to caramelize onions collage
    • Now heat 1 tablespoon of oil, then add bay leaf, garlic, chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn translucent.
      Then add ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, red chili powder and salt. Cook for another 30 seconds.
      step to saute onions with spices collage
    • Add Basmati Rice, soaked lentils, and water (or vegetable broth), salt, and give a quick stir.
      step to add lentils and rice and pressure cook collage
    • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes.
      Once the pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure manually.
      cooked lentil and rice in the instant pot insert
    • Open the lid, garnish with some fried onions and cilantro. You can enjoy mujadara with yogurt or Tzatziki sauce and some salad on the side.
      instant pot mujadara served in a bowl garnished with fried onions and cilantro topped with greek yogurt

    Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method

    • Follow the same steps from the instant pot instructions. Give 2-3 whistles on medium flame and let the pressure release naturally. All the other steps remain the same.

    Stovetop Pot Method

    • Follow the same steps from the instant pot instructions. In a Heavy Bottom pan or Dutch oven cook mujdhara for about 12-15 minutes or until rice and lentils are cooked perfectly. You may have to increase to the water.

    Notes

    I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

    Tips & Variations

    • You can use either brown or green lentils for this recipe.
    • Tastes best on using long grain basmati rice.
    • You can make it with brown rice too instead of basmati rice. In this case, you do not have to soak the lentils. Increase the water ratio to 3 cups instead of 2 ¼ cups. Pressure cook on High for 22 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure manually.
     
    Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 673mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 5mg