Megaddara (Lentil Lebanese Dish)

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This dish is perfect for the poor, but loved by the rich as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash lentils and rice.
  2. In a pan, saute onion in oil until it is a golden brown.
  3. Add the lentils, rice, salt, butter, onion, soup, and water.
  4. Bring to a boil and then turn to low heat and simmer for 1-2 hours, making sure to add more water as it absorbs.
  5. Lentils will be soft when ready (same consistency as refried beans).


Most Helpful

Sounds nice but this is not authentic Lebanese. 1st. This is a lenten dish where butter has no place. 2nd. Simmering lentils with rice for 1-2 hours will end up in a mash. 3rd. Broth and onion soup mix will put the final touches to this dishe's ruin. Sorry, but this is a traditional Lebanese recipe that has suffered Chinese Whispers!

Ferdinando September 23, 2004

This is NOT the Traditional LEBANESE recipe of Megaddara. I will post that recipe soon. That is why you all don't like it!

dabkeh September 26, 2006

I decided to make this after seeing the one star review .. This is pretty good but after tasting it after 45 mins I thought it was a bit bland, and I knew my husband would think so too, so I added 2t garam masala and a little chili powder and cumin .. I loved it! I realize I did change the recipe drastically, but the four-star rating is for the original recipe and not my version .. The lentils were mushy but wondeerfull with some bread .. Thanks!!

najwa October 03, 2004

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