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Instant Pot Mujaddara

Mujaddara made so much easier in an Instant Pot. Delicious and so healthy too! A Middle Eastern spiced brown rice and lentil pilaf.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: lentils, vegetarian, instant pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Farah Abumaizar


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 onions, sliced thinly
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp seven spices or all spice
  • 1 tsp salt, plus an extra pinch for sprinkling on onions
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup brown basmati riced, soaked and drained
  • 6-8 whole garlic cloves optional but they cook into these sweet mushy pockets that are delicious!


  • Place the lentils in a bowl, and cover with hot water. Allow the lentils to soak until it's time to use them in the recipe.
  • Set Instant Pot to sauté. Add the olive oil, then the sliced onions. Season with a sprinkle of salt, and cook for a good 6-8 minutes until caramelized and deep golden brown.
  • Remove half of the onions to a small plate to reserve for topping. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a minute or so until fragrant. Add the cumin powder, cinnamon powder, seven spices, salt and pepper, plus the water.
  • Drain the lentils, and add them to the instant pot along with the drained rice. Add the whole garlic cloves scattered into the mixture. Stir.
  • Set instant pot to normal pressure on high for 11 minutes. Make sure the valve sealed. Once the cooking time is over, naturally release the pressure for 10-15 minutes, then vent any remaining pressure before opening.
  • Gently fluff the mujaddara with a fork, being very careful because it's soft and might get too mushy if overmixed. Serve garnished with the caramelized onion you set aside, preferably with yogurt or a side salad.


Cooking times and parts of the recipe adapted from Feasting at Home.
To make this with white rice, reduce water to 2.5 cups and cooking time to 11 minutes.
Check post for instructions on how to make this stovetop
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Calories: 182kcal