Mujadara With Cucumber Laban

Day 1 of BM 56 - 

We, the BM group, are kick starting yet another Mega Marathon where we would blog all through the month barring Sundays. Each week we will all showcase recipes under a different category.

This first week is all about Combo Dishes across the world. We are aware of so many typical combos in our own cuisine, right? Like Pulao-Raita, Puri-Sagu etc..So let us explore the world to dish out more combos..

For Day 1, we travel down to Lebanon and get a taste of their ever popular Mujadara which is often served with a yogurt based condiment. I have chosen Cucumber Laban. 

I found that Mujadara is a very forgiving yet simple and comforting lentil based dish, very similar to our own Ven Pongal. In many versions, I have observed the usage of rice and lentils but I found this version where they use Bulghur instead of rice and that is what I used too.

Mujadara With Cucumber Laban

Recipe Source here and here
Ingredients - 
For Mujadara - 
Whole Red Lentils 1/4 cup
Bulghur/Bulgur/Burghul 1/4 cup
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Crushed Black Pepper 1/4 tsp
Onions, chopped 1/2 cup
Olive Oil 2 Tbsp
For Cucumber Laban - 
Yogurt 1 cup
Cucumbers, finely chopped 3/4 cup
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dried Mint 1/4 tsp
Garlic Powder 1/4 tsp

Mujadara With Cucumber Laban

Method Of Preparation -

For Mujadara - 
Wash the red lentils and Bulghur and pressure cook them together with about 1.5 cups of water adding salt, pepper and turmeric. I cooked it for about 15-18 minutes (or 2 hisses)

In a heated pan, add oil and fry the onions until they are caramelize (turn brown in color).

After the pressure is released from the cooker, mix the Mujadara and mix half of the caramelized onions into it reserving the other half for garnish!

For Cucumber Laban - 
In a bowl, add yogurt, chopped cucumber, salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried mint. Mix and serve it along with Mujadara for a filling meal.

Mujadara With Cucumber Laban

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

Preparation Time 25-30 min
Serves 2


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Great start Harini perfect combo looks so yummm...

  3. years back i had bookmarked this dish, but never managed, this looks very tempting- nice start Harini

  4. Such a comforting food .Nice way to start the race Harini!

  5. Nice combo and a healthy one I might add.

  6. You managed to put together a nice combo in a short notice, I mean the confusion with the themes .

  7. Delicious and lovely looking Lebanese dish. Wonderfully prepared.

  8. that spoon in the last photo is oh so tempting. what a great dish to start off with...especially since you did it at a moments notice

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. very delicious and healthy dish!!! perfect start to the marathon...

  11. This looks absolutely inviting. Great start to mega BM.

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. Fantastic start Harini, I have this bookmarked, yet to make it I have more reasons to try!

  14. This dish is on my to do list after seeing it Food#52, looks simple and delicious.

  15. Padmajha Says:
  16. Perfect combo Harini.Great way to start the marathon :)

  17. Harini , this is a combo that my hubby would love, its so much similar to our khichdi dahi , bookmarking ! Super combo and a wonderful start.

  18. Srividhya Says:
  19. This is a new recipe for me. Lovely. Also liked how u used cilantro as the decoration. Great

  20. Archana Says:
  21. Like Vaishali says we will like it. We meaning the sane rational adults ;D the other is not sane adult and the last is not even a adult!!!
    I love this mujadara. Definitely making it soon.

  22. Kalyani Says:
  23. am loving the earthiness and simpilicity of this dish... yummy start to the marathon..

    bookmarking to try :)

  24. Priya Suresh Says:
  25. Absolutely irresistible combo..Mujadara looks absolutely nourishing and satisfying..Cant take my eyes from that Laban.

  26. Delicious combo, love that caramelized onions on top and that laban, i can vouch for that, it taste delicious!! :)

  27. Suma Gandlur Says:
  28. That's a wonderful start to BM. I have prepared both the dishes before and love that mujadara to the core. Simple yet flavorful dish.

  29. Pavani Says:
  30. This is such a simple, yet delicious & comforting dish. I made this for a previous BM and absolutely loved it.

  31. Sandhiya Says:
  32. New recipe to me. Looks delicious.Bookmarked to try

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