Instant-Pot Mujadara


Lentils and rice have been served together across the Middle East for centuries; they make a nutritious and satisfying vegetarian meal. This Instant Pot version is inspired by Lebanese mujadara, a variation that combines lentils, rice and caramelized onions.

Instant-Pot Mujadara
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large red onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, picked over

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Lemon wedges, whole-milk plain yogurt & chopped fresh mint for serving


  1. Heat oil in an electric pressure cooker set to Sauté mode. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened and deep golden brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer half the onions to a paper-towel-lined plate.

  2. Meanwhile, soak lentils in a bowl of hot water. Rinse rice in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear.

  3. Drain the lentils and add to the pressure cooker, along with the rice and 3 cups water. Lock the lid in place and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually. Stir in salt. Top the mujadara with the reserved onions and serve with lemon wedges, yogurt and mint, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
11g Fat
50g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size generous ¾ cup
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 399mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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