Instant Pot Mujadara

healthy vegetarian dish
Healthy vegetarian dish
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1 cup Lentils brown, do not split lentils, see notes
1½ tbsp Olive oil
2–3 Shallots thinly sliced , or 1 red onion
4 cloves Garlic rough chopped
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Ground Allspice
½ tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Turmeric optional
¼ tsp Ground ginger
1½ tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Parsley or dried mint, or use a tbsp of fresh
Lemon zest from one small lemon
3 cups Water
1 cup Basmati rice brown , rinsed and drained
Optional garnishes:
Onion or shallot , caramelized
Avocado diced
Cherry tomatoes halfed
Cucumber sliced
Lemon wedges
Parsley fresh
Olive oil drizzle

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    Instant Pot Mujadara


    I love this Instant Pot Mujadara as it is simple and vegetarian and it is one of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes. Mujadara is a family favorite in my house. It consists of cooked lentils and rice, caramelized onions, herbs and yogurt. It’s a delicious vegetarian main dish! This version calls for brown rice instead of white as it cooks in the same amount of time as lentils in the Instant Pot. 

    In my opinion, the best thing about mujadara is that you can go wild with the garnishes. Use a selection of the following: caramelized shallot or onion, diced tomato, simple roasted veggies, diced avocado, sprouts or greens, sliced cucumber, pine nuts, a drizzle of olive oil, yogurt, vegan yogurt, zhoug yogurt, lemon wedges, fresh parsley, Aleppo chili flakes, roasted root vegetables, shredded kale, carrots, or cabbage or beets! I love a combination of tomatoes, avocado, caramelized shallots, sprouts, a spoonful of yogurt or zhoug yogurt, or tahini sauce – and fresh parsley or mint.

    To make Instant Pot Mujadara, you will need the following ingredients:

    Ingridiens for Instant Pot Mujadara

    Steps to make Instant Pot Mujadara


    Soak lentils


    Place 1 cup of brown lentils in a bowl and cover with hot or boiling water. Let the lentils soak until it is time to add to the Instant Pot.


    Cook shallots


    Set the Instant Pot to the saute function. Add 1 ½ tablespoons and saute the shallots for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the onions are tender and starting to caramelize.


    Remove half the onions

    Remove half of the onions and set aside to use as topping.


    Add garlic and spices


    Add 4 chopped cloves of garlic and saute until fragrant. Add 2 teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspoon of coriander, 1 teaspoon of allspice, ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ a teaspoon of turmeric, if using, ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of dried mint or parsley, and lemon zest from one small lemon.


    Add water, lentils, and rice


    Add 3 cups of water and stir well. Drain the soaked lentils and add them along with the rinsed rice to the Instant Pot. Stir well.




    Cover the Instant Pot and set to high pressure. Cook for 11 minutes before naturally releasing for a minimum 10 minutes.


    Prepare garnishes


    As the mixture cooks, prepare the garnishes.



    Gently fluff the mujadara with a fork before serving. Divide the mixture between bowls. Drizzle with olive oil and garnishes.

    This Instant Pot Mujadara is a delicious meat-free dish inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine. Try it soon and please come back and leave a review with your thoughts

    Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

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