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Moujaddara hamra – Bean moujaddara


Bean moujaddara or “mjaddarit fassolia” is a traditional recipe of the Shouf region and South of Lebanon, prepared with red beans instead of lentils. It is also known as red moujaddara or “Moujaddara hamra“.

Total Servings: 4

Preparation time: 2 hours


1 cup beans soaked overnight

¾ cup bulgur

2.5 L water

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 onion, finely chopped

5 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Steps:

  1. Add the beans to 1 L of water and bring to boil.
  2. While boiling, add 500 mL of water and cover. Stir occasionally.
  3. After 1 hour, add another 500 mL of water.
  4. Sauté the chopped onions in the olive oil with salt until lightly brown.
  5. Add one more half liter of water to the beans.
  6. Add the tomato paste and the bulgur to the fried onions; mix well and add the mixture to the boiling beans.
  7. Simmer for 30 more minutes, then add 500 mL of water and some pepper. Stir occasionally until the beans are well cooked and you get the consistency of moujaddara.
  8. Serve hot.